Each year, NCQA issues a “State of Health Care Quality Report” examining trends in health care quality at the national level. For the first time, NCQA has prepared New York-specific data on a range of quality measures, from blood pressure care for patients with diabetes to childhood immunizations to nutrition counseling. The data document New York’s performance over time and in comparison to other states and to the nation, broken out by health plan type. At the briefing, panelists discussed highlights from the data and how New York Can use the findings to improve health care quality and patients’ health.

Speakers included:

Margaret E. O’Kane, president, NCQA

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

James R. Knickman, president and CEO, NYHealth

Susan Beane, M.D., vice president and medical director, Healthfirst

Carol Raphael, former president and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Kathy Sakraida, director, quality initiatives, Northeast Business Group on Health

Ross Wilson, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

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