Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-Up Plan
Percentage of patients aged 12 years and older screened for clinical depression using an age appropriate standardized tool AND follow-up plan documented.
ACP does not support QPP measure 134: "Preventive Care & Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-Up." While the measure aligns with United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for clinical depression, we suggest the denominator specifications exclude patients who are currently under the care of a mental health specialist for comorbid illness or severe cognitive impairment. Furthermore, developers should consider revising the denominator specifications to reflect patients seen in the calendar year instead of all patients. In addition, measure specifications do not define an appropriate screening frequency. It is not clear whether this measure applies to all patients in a providers’ panel or only those seen during the calendar year in a face-to-face visit.