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Online public resource accepts DQA measures

June 16, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse announced in its April newsletter it has accepted the Dental Quality Alliance’s measures in its database.

The NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets and is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NQMC also hosts the HHS Measure Inventory, which publicly lists the measures currently being used by HHS agencies for quality measurement, improvement and reporting. To view the measures, visit www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov and search for "Dental Quality Alliance."

"The DQA has passed another milestone in its quest to develop usable quality measures for the oral health care system," said Dr. W. Ken Rich, DQA chair. "Endorsement from the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse is essential for universal acceptance of DQA measures. The DQA remains a shining example of what can be accomplished when a diverse group of stakeholders work together to promote a common goal."

The DQA, formed in 2008 through a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community who are committed to development of consensus-based quality measures. Last year, the DQA approved its first set of performance measures in dentistry—Dental Caries in Children: Prevention and Disease Management. View the measure set here.

The DQA is scheduled to meet at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on July 11 and discuss the submission of measures to the National Quality Forum and the future of the DQA.

For more information on the DQA, visit ADA.org/dqa.