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February 15, 2011


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Hope Hetico RN MHA

Quality Measures and Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Data

Although HRA data are not generally used to profile quality care processes per se, such data does help to determine which health plan members [or other cohorts] are at highest risk for chronic illness in the future, such as heart disease.

Patients usually fill out such surveys directly, and many Internet sites now include free HRAs and calculation of risk scores. Included in HRA surveys are smoking history, dietary habits, general health questions, level of energy, emotional health, driving habits, and other parameters etc, as you mentioned.

Physicians can then use such results as guides to ascertain which members need the most intensive intervention and thus help prevent poor future quality outcomes.

Actually, this is where eMRs may be very helpful, too!

Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

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