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Utilization and Cost

Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain

Percentage of patients 18-50 years of age with a diagnosis of low back pain who did not have an imaging study (plain X-ray, MRI, CT scan) within 28 days of the diagnosis.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Total Cost of Care Population-Based PMPM Index (Cost/Resource use Measure)

Total Cost of Care reflects a mix of complicated factors such as patient illness burden, service utilization and negotiated prices.

Total Cost Index (TCI) is a measure of a primary care provider's risk adjusted cost effectiveness at managing the population they care for. TCI includes all costs associated with treating members including professional, facility inpatient and outpatient, pharmacy, lab, radiology, ancillary and behavioral health services.

A Total Cost of Care Index when viewed together with a Resource Use measure provides a more complete picture of population based drivers of health care costs.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

More Than One CT Scan Within 90 Days for Chronic Sinusitis

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis who had more than one CT scan of the paranasal sinuses ordered or received within 90 days after the date of diagnosis.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Adult Sinusitis: CT for Acute Sinusitis (Overuse)

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older, with a diagnosis of acute sinusitis who had a computerized tomography (CT) scan of the paranasal sinuses ordered at the time of diagnosis or received within 28 days after date of diagnosis.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Appropriate Use of DXA Scans in Women Under 65 Years Who do not Meet the Risk Factor Profile for Osteoporosis

Percentage of female patients aged 50 to 64 without select risk factors for osteoporotic fracture who received an order for a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan during the measurement period.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

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