New data released by the NHS Information Centre show that the overall exception reporting rate for 2008/09 was 4.87%. This represents a fall of 0.39 percentage points from the 2007/8 rate (5.26%).
Exception reporting rates continue to vary across indicators from 0% to 59.52%. In addition, the rate for outcome measures was higher in 2008/9 than for process measures (6.88% compared with 1.70%).
Reporting rates have in general fallen since the new GMS contract was introduced. In 2005/6 the exception reporting rate was 5.55% and in 2006/7 it was 5.83%. Exception reporting was not possible for 2004/05 QOF data.