National Center for Quality Assurance

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. NCQA's Multicultural Health Care (MHC) Distinction evaluation program is designed to help health care organizations monitor and reduce health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. MHC uses evidence-based standards to evaluate how health care plans and other health and wellness organizations measure, analyze and adjust their services to meet the health care needs of diverse populations. MHC Distinction standards are modeled after Federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) Standards. The California Endowment, a private health foundation that provides grants to community-based organizations throughout California, funded development of the NCQA MHC standards.

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