What is HEDIS and Why Should I Care?

Have you ever wished that someone would monitor how often screening for maternal depression is happening and to report that rate?

It’s been a dream of mine to have such a measurement in place so we can gauge how quickly change is occurring, determine states where rates are highest/lowest, and push for more aggressive action until screening rates are in the acceptable 90% range nationally.  

Now, development of such a measure, referred to as a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (“HEDIS”) measure, is underway thanks to The California Health Care Foundation and the ZOMA Foundation.  

In addition to a measure of screening, there is also a measure being developed to address whether the screening provider followed-up.  Here are the proposed measures - which include assessment for screening/follow-up during both pregnancy and the postpartum period. 

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