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Health Plan Accreditation 2024: Quality Management & Improvement (QI)

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Expires: December 31, 2024

Through this course, presenters will provide you with insight to interpret the requirements, navigate the standards, and avoid misconceptions.

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Explaining Health Plan Accreditation 2024: Quality Management & Improvement (QI)

NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (HPA) is the only program in the industry that bases results on clinical performance and consumer experience (HEDIS® and CAHPS®). This live, multi-day course leads learners through an end-to-end deep dive into the HPA standards for Quality Management & Improvement (QI). Through this course, presenters will provide you with insight to interpret the requirements, navigate the standards, and avoid misconceptions. In addition to answering live questions, the presenters address scenarios and examples based on performance improvement opportunities from prior NCQA surveys. Please note, this course presents information based on HPA 2024 standard requirements that are released in July 2023. The scope of this course applies directly to NCQA Accreditation Surveys conducted between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025

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Key Topics

  • Planning, evaluating and controlling QI interventions.
  • Incorporating contracted practitioners and providers into QI
  • Coordinating care across the network. 
  • Measuring effectiveness of QI interventions

Benefits and Resources

  • Presentation slides
  • Recording of live session
  •  Live Q&A
  •  Scenarios for applied learning
  •  NCQA surveyor’s perspective of the standards
  •  IPCE Credits for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

What You Will Learn

  • Interpret the intent of Health Plan Accreditation requirements for QI Standards.
  • Describe relationships and themes across QI Standards.
  • Recognize requirement implications and considerations for stakeholders.
  • Define performance improvement opportunities.


HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Who Should Attend

Clinicians, executives, managers, specialists, consultants, delegates and vendors who are employed or contracted by health plans with responsibilities pertaining to the scope of work listed below:

  • Case Management.
  • Compliance or Risk Management.
  • Population Health Management of Public Health.
  • Quality Assurance/Improvement or Performance Management.
  • Contracts Management.
  • Health Information Systems.
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Health Care Decision Makers
  • Consultants
  • Health Plans
  • Health Systems
  • Population Health Organizations


Irv Koehler, RN, MBA, CPHQ, CPC

Irv Koehler is a health care quality consultant for the Koehler Quality Group, LLC. In this position, he is an NCQA administrative surveyor and provides consulting services to organizations evaluating and preparing for NCQA Accreditation/ Certification projects, risk adjustment validation for managed care organizations, education on quality improvement practices and outcome measure development and tracking.  

Mr. Koehler is also a registered nurse with active licensure in Florida and Tennessee, and certification in quality and medical coding. Previously, he was a quality improvement professional at AmeriHealth Caritas and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Joseph Stankaitis, MD, MPH 

Dr. Stankaitis is the principal of JAS Healthcare Consulting, LLC. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Highmark Wholecare, an MCO based in Pennsylvania serving individuals covered by Medicaid and Medicare product lines.

Prior to arriving at Highmark Wholecare, he was Chief Medical Officer of the Monroe Plan for Medical Care. During 2021 and early 2022, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he also served as a part-time Deputy Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County (New York).

Before joining Monroe Plan, Dr. Stankaitis was Vice President, Client Support and Education and Chief Medical Officer for Equifax Analytical Services. He previously served as Lead Medical Director for Excellus BlueCross and BlueShield’s IPA-model HMO, and as the clinical lead for Excellus’ Xerox Corporation’s Blue Cross Health Systems Management entity.

Other professional experiences include serving as Physician Advisor to the HMO Group, a national consortium of staff and group model HMOs; and prior to that, as Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Division and Head of Community Medicine, The Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Stankaitis holds a BS degree in Biology from Boston College, an MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.


Continuing Education


In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 3.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change. 

This educational activity is approved for: 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, ANA CNE and ACPE.

The assigned universal program number: JA0004597-0000-23-039-H04-P.  Upon successful completion of this program (attending the full session and completing a program evaluation), participants will access CPE Monitor on the ACPE website to locate and track their CPE statement of credit. 

This live course grants 2.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

NABP Credit Reporting 

If you are a pharmacist completing a course offering CPE credits, please notify NCQA through within 14 calendar days that you have completed a CPE course. You must provide the title of the course, your NABP identification number and your DOB (month/date) within the notification to NCQA. We also recommend you update your profile with your NABP identification number.  

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:

Irv Koehler: None
Joe Stankaitis: None

Additional Planning Committee Members:
Felicia Khaalid: None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

Here is the course outline:

1. Resources

2. Recording

3. Evaluation

4. Attestation


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

CCE Other Certificate
Certificate of Attendance
IPCE Certificate
Nursing Certificate
Pharmacy Certificate
Physician Certificate
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