06/12/2006

Updated Online Tool Helps Employers Calculate Savings From Improved Healthcare Quality

Quality Dividend Calculator projects sick days and lost productivity; helps
employers, purchasers quantify health care value.

A new version of the free, online Quality Dividend Calculator (QDC) from the US
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) demonstrates that choosing
high-quality health plans frequently results in lower health care costs and
improved worker productivity. The QDC was recently updated with new data about
clinical performance, disease prevalence, employee wages and other information
that help determine the return on investment when purchasers choose to contract
with high-quality plans.

The Quality Dividend Calculator uses NCQA Health Plan Employer Data and
Information Set (HEDIS®) quality data to estimate the number of sick days and
lost productivity resulting from illness. Employers can plug in unique
information about their company and receive detailed estimates of potential
savings. The QDC provides summary data showing how effectively various plans
treat prevalent, high-cost illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiac
issues; in doing so, the tool offers users a means to determine which plan in
their area represents the best value.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Committee for Quality Assurance