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HEDIS® Behavioral Health Measures: An Update From NCQA©

Webinar | August 15, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
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Virtual Forum: HEDIS® Behavioral Health Measures: An Update From NCQA©

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Description: Quality measurement for behavioral health is gaining more importance as payers and providers of health care acknowledge the impact mental health has on individuals and populations. In this virtual forum, three experts from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA): Junqing Liu, PhD, MSW, Research Scientist; Emily Morden, MSW, Senior Research Associate; and Lauren Niles, MPH, Senior Health Care Analyst, will provide an update on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data & Information Set (HEDIS) quality measures for behavioral and mental health.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)©

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Event Speakers

Junqing Liu, PhD, MSW
Featured Speaker

Junqing Liu, PhD, MSW, is a behavioral health researcher who joined NCQA in 2012 as a research scientist. Dr. Liu serves as a Project Director and Researcher on several federally funded child and adult behavioral health measurement projects at NCQA. As the measure lead of NCQA’s behavioral health measures, Dr. Liu guides the re-evaluation and updates of HEDIS® behavioral health measures. Dr. Liu’s research focuses on access to mental health services, evidence-based treatment for behavioral health problems, and child welfare services. Prior to joining NCQA, Dr. Liu was a research assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Social Work and conducted the evaluation of a federally funded research project on the implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare systems in six states.

Dr. Liu holds a PhD and a MSW degree from University at Albany, State University of New York. She received her undergraduate degree from China Youth University for Political Sciences.

Emily Morden, MSW
Featured Speaker

Emily Morden, MSW is a Senior Research Associate in the Performance Measurement Department at NCQA. Ms. Morden works on the development and maintenance of health care performance measures primarily addressing geriatric and behavioral health care. She works in collaboration and consultation with internal and external advisory panels in order to inform measure development. Prior to working at NCQA, Ms. Morden was an Associate Program Officer with the Board on the Health of Select Populations at the National Academy of Medicine. In this role, she worked on several studies examining the quality of behavioral health care services for military service members and veterans. Prior to her work in the field of health care quality and research, Ms. Morden was a medical social worker for hospice programs. She also has several years of experience working as a counselor in both adult and adolescent mental health treatment facilities. In these clinical roles, Ms. Morden gained expertise in the delivery and integration of behavioral health care services. Ms. Morden has interest and proficiency in many subjects including medical social work services, palliative and end of life care, medical ethics and decision-making and behavioral health treatment modalities.

Ms. Morden holds an MSW degree from Portland State University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Oregon.


Lauren Niles, MPH
Featured Speaker

Lauren Niles, MPH is a Senior Health Care Analyst in the Performance Measurement Department at NCQA. Her responsibilities include working with a team to lead the development and maintenance of the HEDIS® quality measures under the behavioral health domain. Her work has also focused on using electronic clinical data sources (ECDS) to report HEDIS® measures, and using her background in provider-level eMeasure development and maintenance to help support this work. Ms. Niles has a background in the electronic specification of clinical quality measures using electronic health record (EHR) data and technology, including development and programing of measure specifications and human readables, value set creation, and testing.

Ms. Niles holds an MPH degree (Epidemiology) from The George Washington University and a BS in Biology (Neurobiology and Physiology) from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jane Guo, PharmD, MBA

Jane Guo, PharmD, MBA, serves as a Managed Market Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Her clinical areas of expertise include: neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, molecular basis of behavior, and cognitive neuroscience.

Jane attended the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Albany, NY); and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA).

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