Montana Administrative Register Notice 37-580 No. 8   04/26/2012    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 37.108.507 pertaining to healthcare effectiveness data and information set (HEDIS) measures










TO:  All Concerned Persons


1.  On May 26, 2012, the Department of Public Health and Human Services proposes to amend the above-stated rule.


2.  The Department of Public Health and Human Services will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.  If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Public Health and Human Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2012, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need.  Please contact Kenneth Mordan, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 4210, Helena MT 59604-4210; telephone (406) 444-4094; fax (406) 444-9744; or e-mail dphhslegal@mt.gov.


3.  The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:



            (1)  Annually, the health carrier shall evaluate its quality assessment activities by using the following HEDIS year 2011 2012 measures:

            (a)  childhood immunization;

            (b)  breast cancer screening;

            (c)  cervical cancer screening;

            (d)  comprehensive diabetes care; and

            (e)  HEDIS/Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Survey (CAHPS) for adults.

            (2)  The health carrier shall record organizational components that affect accessibility, availability, comprehensiveness, and continuity of care, including:

            (a)  referrals;

            (b)  case management;

            (c)  discharge planning;

            (d)  appointment scheduling and waiting periods for all types of health care services;

            (e)  second opinions, as applicable;

            (f)  prior authorizations, as applicable;

            (g)  provider reimbursement arrangements that contain financial incentives that may affect the care provided; and

            (h)  other systems, procedures, or administrative requirements used by the health carrier that affect the delivery of care.

            (3)  The health carrier may meet the requirements in (2) by submitting information to the department regarding network adequacy as specified in ARM 37.108.201, et seq., as long as the information is consistent with what is required in (2).

            (4)  The department adopts and incorporates by reference the HEDIS year 2011 2012 measures for the categories listed in (1)(a) through (e).  The HEDIS year 2011 2012 measures are developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and provide a standardized mechanism for measuring and comparing the quality of services offered by managed care health plans.  Copies of HEDIS 2011 2012 measures are available from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, 1100 13th St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 or on the internet at www.ncqa.org.


AUTH:  33-36-105, MCA

IMP:     33-36-105, 33-36-302, MCA




The Department of Public Health and Human Services (department) is proposing to amend ARM 37.108.507 to update the healthcare effectiveness data and information set (HEDIS).


The Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy and Quality Assurance Act (Title 33, chapter 36, MCA) establishes standards for health carriers offering managed care plans and for the implementation of quality assurance standards in administrative rules.  ARM 37.108.501 through 521, were adopted in 2001 to establish mechanisms for the department to evaluate quality assurance activities of health carriers providing managed care plans in Montana.  ARM 37.108.507 requires health carriers to report their quality assessment activities to the department using HEDIS measures, nationally utilized measures that are updated annually.  Since the HEDIS standards change somewhat every year, the rule must also be updated annually to reflect the current year's measures and ensure that national comparisons are possible, since the other states will also be using the same updated measures.


The option of not updating the HEDIS measure was considered and rejected because these are national quality measures which allow comparison among health plans.  If the measures are not kept current, this function is lost.


The changes from adopted 2011 measures to the proposed 2012 measures are quoted below:


Childhood Immunization Status


No changes to this measure.


Breast Cancer Screening


Deleted ICD-9 Diagnosis codes V76.11, V76.12 from Table BCS-A.


Replaced "Modifier .50" with "Modifier 50" in Table BCS-B.


Cervical Cancer Screening


Deleted ICD-9 Diagnosis codes V72.32, V76.2 from Table CCS-A.


Comprehensive Diabetes Care


Added LOINC code 62388-4 to Table CDC-D.


Deleted CPT codes 90920, 90921, 90924, 90925 from Table CDC-K.


Deleted HCPCS codes G0314-G0319, G0322, G0323, G0326, G0327 from Table CDC-K.


Deleted ICD-9 Diagnosis code V56 from Tables CDC-K and CDC-P.


Added codes for CHF to Table CDC-P (the measure previously referred to Table RCA-A, which has been deleted).


Added CPT codes 92134, 92227, 92228 to Table CDC-G.


Deleted ICD-9 Diagnosis code V72.0 from Table CDC-G.


Added azilsartan to "Angiotensin II inhibitors" description in Table CDC-L.


Added aliskiren-hydrochlorothiazide-amlodipine to the "Antihypertensive combinations" description in Table CDC-L.


Clarified BP Control criteria for the Administrative Specification.


Clarified that members who meet the Optional Exclusion criteria must be excluded from the denominator for all rates, if optional exclusions are applied.


Clarified reduction of sample size in the Hybrid Specification.


Clarified that "Documentation of a renal transplant" meets criteria for the Medical attention for nephropathy indicator.


Relative Resource Use for People With Diabetes


Revised Service Frequency Calculations (including addition of "Other condition-specific categories").


Moved required exclusion tables to the Guidelines for Relative Resource Use and renamed them.


Incorporated the HCC-RRU Risk Adjustment methodology.


Added new "Diagnostic Laboratory" and "Imaging Services" categories.


Revised the Data Elements for Reporting tables.


HEDIS/Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Survey (CAHPS) for Adults


This measure is collected using survey methodology.  Detailed specifications and summary of changes are contained in HEDIS 2012, Volume 3: Specifications for Survey Measures.


Corrections, policy changes and clarifications to HEDIS 2012, Volume 2, Technical Specifications


Updated Random Number Table for Measures Using the Hybrid Method.


Childhood Immunization Status


Table CIS-B


Delete "Progressive neurologic disorder, including infantile spasm,

uncontrolled epilepsy" from Table CIS-B.


Comprehensive Diabetes Care


Table CDC-J, add LOINC codes 60678-0, 63474-1.


BP Control <140/80 mm Hg


In the second sentence at the top of the page, replace "≤140/80 mm Hg"

with "<140/80 mm Hg."


BP Control <140/80 mm Hg and BP Control <140/90 mm Hg


Replace the text (including the three bullets) below Table CDC-N with the

following.  For both BP control indicators, the BP must be in conjunction

with an outpatient visit code or a nonacute inpatient visit code from Table



            5.  The department intends the proposed rule amendments to be applied retroactively to January 1, 2012.  There is no negative impact to the affected health insurance companies by applying the rule amendment retroactively.


6.  Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to: Kenneth Mordan, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Public Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 4210, Helena MT 59604-4210, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2012.  Comments may also be faxed to (406) 444-9744 or e-mailed to dphhslegal@mt.gov.


7.  If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments to Kenneth Mordan at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m., May 24, 2012.


8.  If the agency receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10% or 25, whichever is less, of the persons directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date.  Notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register.  Ten percent of those directly affected has been determined to be one based on the two health insurance providers affected by this rule change.


9.  The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency.  Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices.  Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request.  Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 6 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


10.  An electronic copy of this proposal notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register. The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of this notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.


11.  The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.



/s/ Kurt R. Moser                                           /s/ Anna Whiting Sorrell                            

Rule Reviewer                                             Anna Whiting Sorrell, Director

                                                                        Public Health and Human Services


Certified to the Secretary of State April 16, 2012.



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