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Comprehensive Diabetes Care: Medical Attention for Nephroathy

The percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who received a nephropathy screening or monitoring test or had evidence of nephropathy during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2019

HIV: Viral Load Suppression

Percentage of patients, regardless of age, with a diagnosis of HIV with a HIV viral load less than 200 copies/mL at last HIV viral load test during the measurement year.  A medical visit is any visit in an outpatient/ambulatory care setting with a nurse practitioner, physician, and/or a physician assistant who provides comprehensive HIV care.  

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

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

Breast Cancer Screening

The percentage of women 50-74 years of age who had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Angiotensisn Converting Enzyme-Inhibitor (ACE-I) or Angiotensisn Receptor Blocker (ARB) Therapy--Diabetes of LVSD (LVEF <40%)

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease seen within a 12 month period who also have diabetes OR a current or prior Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) < 40% who were prescribed ACE inhibitor or ARB therapy. 

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Diabetes: Eye Exam

The percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who had an eye exam (retinal) performed.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Appropriate Follow-Up Interval for Nomral Colonoscopy in Average Risk Patients

Percentage of patients aged 50 years to 75 years receiving a screening colonoscopy without biopsy or polypectomy who had a recommended follow-up interval of at least 10 years for repeat colonoscopy documented in their colonoscopy report.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Assessment of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Status before Initiating Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Therapy

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) status assessed and results interpreted within one year prior to receiving a first course of anti-TNF (tumor necrosis factor) therapy.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Ischemic Vascular Disease: Use of Aspirin or Another Platelet

The percentage of patients 18-75 years of age who had a diagnosis of ischemic vascular disease (IVD) and were on daily aspirin or anti-platelet medication, unless allowed contraindications or exceptions are present.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

Medical Attention for Nephropathy

The percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who received a nephropathy screening or monitoring test or had evidence of nephropathy during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2018

National Healthcare Safety Network Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Outcome Measure

Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) and Adjusted Ranking Metric (ARM) of healthcare-associated, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) will be calculated among patients in bedded inpatient care locations. This includes acute care general hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, oncology hospitals, and behavioral health hospitals.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

National Healthcare Safety Network Facility-Wide Inpatient Hospital Onset MRSA Bacteremia Outcome

Standardized infection ratio (SIR) and Adjusted Ranking Metric (ARM) of hospital-onset unique blood source MRSA Laboratory-identified events (LabID events) among all inpatients in the facility.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

Post-Discharge Appointment for Heart Failure Patients

Percentage of patients, regardless of age, discharged from an inpatient facility to ambulatory care or home health care with a principal discharge diagnosis of heart failure for whom a follow up appointment was scheduled and documented prior to discharge (as specified).

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

Sub-1 Alcohol Use Screening

Hospitalized patients 18 years of age and older who are screened within the first day of admission using a validated screening questionnaire for unhealthy alcohol use.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

Flu Vaccinations for Adults Ages 18 and Older

The percentage of adults 18 years of age and older who self-report receiving an influenza vaccine within the measurement period. This measure is collected via the CAHPS 5.0H adults survey for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial populations. It is reported as two separate rates stratified by age: 18-64 and 65 years of age and older.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

Influenza Immunization

Inpatients age 6 months and older discharged during October, November, December, January, February or March who are screened for influenza vaccine status and vaccinated prior to discharge if indicated.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2018

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Patient Referral from an Outpatient Setting

Percentage of patients evaluated in an outpatient setting who within the previous 12 months have experienced an acute myocardial infarction (MI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), cardiac valve surgery, or cardiac transplantation, or who have chronic stable angina (CSA) and have not already participated in an early outpatient cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention (CR) program for the qualifying event/diagnosis who were referred to a CR program.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Adult major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Suicide Risk Assessment

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a new diagnosis or recurrent episode of major depressive disorder (MDD) with a suicide risk assessment completed during the visit in which a new diagnosis or recurrent episode was identified.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

Percentage of the following patients-all considered at high risk of cardiovascular events-who were prescribed or were on statin therapy during the measurement period:

Adults aged >= 21 years who were previously diagnosed with or currently have an active diagnosis of clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD); OR

Adults aged >=21 years who have ever had a fasting or direct low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level >= 190 mg/dL or were previously diagnosed with or currently have an active diagnosis of familial or pure hypercholesterolemia; OR

Adults aged 40-75 years with a diagnosis of diabetes with a fasting or direct LDL-C level of 70-189 mg/dL.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

COPD: Spirometry Evaluation

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of COPD who had spirometry results documented

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Chronic Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Antiplatelet Therapy

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) seen within a 12 month period who were prescribed aspirin or clopidogrel.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

One-Time Screening for Hepatitis C Virus for Patients at Risk

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with one or more of the following: a history of injection drug use, receipt of a blood transfusion prior to 1992, receiving maintenance hemodialysis, OR birthdate in the years 1945-1965 who received one-time screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Annual Hepatitis C Virus Screening for Patients who are Active Injection Drug Users

Percentage of patients, regardless of age, who are active injection drug users who received screening for HCV infection within the 12 month reporting period.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Heart Failure: Beta-Blocker Therapy for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of heart failure (HF) with a current or prior left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 40% who were prescribed beta-blocker therapy either within a 12 month period when seen in the outpatient setting OR at each hospital discharge.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Coronary Artery Disease: Beta Blocker Therapy - Prior Myocardial Infarction or Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVEF <40%)

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease seen within a 12 month period who also have a prior myocardial infarction or a current or prior LVEF <40% who were prescribed beta-blocker therapy.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Overuse of Neuroimaging for patients with Primary Headache and a Normal Neurological Evaluation

Percentage of patients with a diagnosis of primary headache disorder whom advanced brain imaging was not ordered.

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

Medication Management for People with Asthma

The percentage of patients 5-64 years of age during the measurement year who were identified as having persistent asthma and were dispensed appropriate medications that they remained on for at least 75% of their treatment period.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Avoidance of Antibioitc Treatment in Adults with Acute Bronchitis

The percentage of adults 18-64 years of age with a diagnosis of acute bronchitis who were not dispensed an antibiotic prescription.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation: Discharged on Antithrombotic Therapy

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) who were prescribed antithrombotic therapy at discharge.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Heart Failure: Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitor or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) Therapy for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of heart failure with a current or prior LVEF < 40% who were prescribed ACE inhibitor or ARB therapy either within a 12 month period when seen in the outpatient setting or at hospital discharge

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Influenza Immunization

Inpatients age 6 months and older discharged during October, November, December, January, February or March who are screened for influenza vaccine status and vaccinated prior to discharge if indicated.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Tobacco Use: Screening & Cessation Intervention

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older who were screened for tobacco use one or more times within 24 months AND who received cessation counseling intervention if identified as a tobacco user. 

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Screening & Brief Counseling

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older who were screened for unhealthy alcohol use using a systematic screening method at least once within the last 24 months AND who received brief counseling if identified as an unhealthy alcohol user.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Tobacco Use and Help with Quitting Among Adolescents

The percentage of adolescents 12 to 20 years of age with a primary care visit during the measurement year for whom tobacco use status was documented and received help with quitting if identified as a tobacco user.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Urinary Incontinence: Plan of Care for Urinary Incontinence in Women Aged 65 Years and Older

Percentage of female patients aged 65 years and older with a diagnosis of urinary incontinence with a documented plan of care for urinary incontinence at least once within 12 months.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Persistence of Beta-Blocker Treatment After a Heart Attack

The percentage of patients 18 years of age and older during the measurement year who were hospitalized and discharged from July 1 of the year prior to the measurement year to June 30 of the measurement year with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and who were prescribed persistent beta-blocker treatment for six months after discharge.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Non-Recommended Cervical Cancer Screening in Adolescent Females

The percentage of adolescent females 16-20 years of age who were screened unnecessarily for cervical cancer.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

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

Colorectal Cancer Screening

The percentage of patients 50-75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Screening for Osteoporosis for Women 65-85 Years of Age

Percentage of female patients aged 65-85 years of age who ever had a central dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to check for osteoporosis.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Osteoporosis Management in Women who had a Fracture

The percentage of women age 50-85 who suffered a fracture and who either had a bone mineral density test or received a prescription for a drug to treat osteoporosis in the six months after the fracture.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Documentation of Signed Opioid Treatment Agreement

All patients 18 and older prescribed opiates for longer than six weeks duration who signed an opioid treatment agreement at least once during Opioid Therapy documented in the medical record.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Evaluation or Interview for Risk of Opioid Misuse

All patients 18 and older prescribed opiates for longer than six weeks duration evaluated for risk of opioid misuse using a brief validated instrument (e.g. Opioid Risk Tool, SOAPP-R) or patient interview documented at least once during Opioid Therapy in the medical record.

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2017

Cervical Cancer Screening

Percentage of women 21-64 years of age who were screened for cervical cancer using either of the following criteria:

  • Women age 21-64 who had cervical cytology performed every 3 years.
  • Women age 30-64 who had cervical cytology/human papillomavirus (HPV) co-testing performed every 5 years.

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2017

Afib and Aflutter: Chronic Anticoagulation Therapy

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter whose assessment of the specified thromboembolic risk factors indicate one or more high-risk factors or more than one moderate risk factor, as determined by CHADS2 risk stratification, who are prescribed warfarin OR another oral anticoagulant drug that is FDA approved for the prevention of thromboembolism .

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2017

Risk-Adjusted CABG Readmission Rate

Risk adjusted percentage of Medicare FFS beneficiaries aged 65 and older who undergo isolated coronary artery bypass grafting and are discharged alive but have a subsequent acute care hospital inpatient admission within 30 days of the date of discharge from the CABG hospitalization.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Skilled Nursing Facility 30-Day All Cause Readmission

This measure estimates the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned, hospital readmissions for patients who have been admitted to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) (Medicare fee-for-service [FFS] beneficiaries) within 30 days of discharge from their prior proximal hospitalization. The prior proximal hospitalization is defined as an admission to an IPPS, CAH, or a psychiatric hospital. The measure is based on data for 12 months of SNF admissions.

A risk-adjusted readmission rate for each facility is calculated as follows:

  • Step 1: Calculate the standardized risk ratio of the predicted number of readmissions at the facility divided by the expected number of readmissions for the same patients if treated at the average facility. The magnitude of the risk-standardized ratio is the indicator of a facility's effects on readmission rates.
  • Step 2: The standardized risk ratio is then multiplied by the mean rate of readmission in the population (i.e., all Medicare FFS patients included in the measure) to generate the facility-level standardized readmission rate.

For this measure, readmissions that are usually for planned procedures are excluded. Please refer to the Appendix, Tables 1 - 5 for a list of planned procedures.

The measure specifications are designed to harmonize with CMS' hospital-wide readmission (HWR) measure to the greatest extent possible. The HWR (NQF #1789) estimates the hospital-level, risk-standardize rate of unplanned, all-cause readmissions within 30 days of a hospital discharge and uses the same 30-day risk window as the SNFRM.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Annual Cervical Screening in High Risk Women

This measure identifies women age 12 to 65 diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (CIN 2), cervical carcinoma-in-situ, or HIV/AIDS prior to the measurement year, and who still have a cervix, who had a cervical CA screen during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Risk-Adjusted Operative Mortality for CABG

Percent of patients aged 18 years and older undergoing isolated CABG who die, including both: 1) all deaths occurring during the hospitalization in which the CABG was performed, even if after 30 days, and 2) those deaths occurring after discharge from the hospital, but within 30 days of the procedure.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Colonoscopy Interval for Patients with a History of Adenomatous Polyps-Avoidance of Inappropriate Use

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older receiving a surveillance colonoscopy, with a history of a prior colonic polyp(s) in previous colonoscopy findings, who had an interval of 3 or more years since their last colonoscopy.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Hospital Wide All Cause Readmission Measure

The measure estimates a hospital-level risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR) of unplanned, all-cause readmission after admission for any eligible condition within 30 days of hospital discharge. The measure reports a single summary risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR), derived from the volume-weighted results of five different models, one for each of the following specialty cohorts based on groups of discharge condition categories or procedure categories: surgery/gynecology, general medicine, cardiorespiratory, cardiovascular, and neurology, each of which will be described in greater detail below. The measure also indicates the hospital-level standardized risk ratios (SRR) for each of these five specialty cohorts. The outcome is defined as unplanned readmission for any cause within 30 days of the discharge date for the index admission. Admissions for planned procedures that are not accompanied by an acute diagnosis do not count as readmissions in the measure outcome. The target population is patients 18 and over. CMS annually reports the measure for patients who are 65 years or older and are enrolled in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and hospitalized in non-federal hospitals.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Beta-Blocker Therapy (i.e., Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, or Sustained-Release Metoprolol Succinate) for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD) Prescribed at Discharge

Proportion of heart failure patients age18 and older with LVSD for whom beta-blocker therapy (i.e., bisoprolol, carvedilol, or sustained-release metoprolol succinate) is prescribed at discharge. For purposes of this measure, LVSD is defined as chart documentation of a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 40% or a narrative description of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function consistent with moderate or severe systolic dysfunction.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

ACEI or ARB Therapy for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction-HF Patients

Percent of HF patients with LVSD who are prescribed an ACEI or ARB at hospital discharge. For purposes of this measure, LVSD is defined as chart documentation of a LVEF less than 40% or a narrative description of left ventricular systolic function consistent with moderate or severe systolic dysfunction.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Chronic Liver Disease: Hepatitis A Vaccination

The percentage of adult patients with chronic liver disease who have received a hepatitis A vaccine.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Chlamydia Screening in Women

The percentage of women 16-24 years of age who were identified as sexually active and who had at least one test for chlamydia during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Prescription of HIV Antiretroviral Therapy

Percentage of patients, regardless of age, with a diagnosis of HIV prescribed antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection during the measurement year. A medical visit is any visit in an outpatient/ambulatory care setting with a nurse practitioner, physician, and/or a physician assistant who provides comprehensive HIV care.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Therapy with ASA, P2Y12 inhibitor, and statin at discharge following PCI in eligible patients

Patients undergoing PCI who receive prescriptions for all medications (ASA, P2Y12 and statins) for which they are eligible for at discharge

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

In-hospital Risk Adjusted Rate of Bleeding Events for Patients Undergoing PCI

Risk adjusted rate of intra and post procedure bleeding for all patients aged 18 and over undergoing PCI

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Cardiac Tamponade and/or Pericardiocentesis Following Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Rate of cardiac tamponade and/or pericardiocentesis following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention within 90 minutes of hospital arrival

Percentage of acute MI patients with ST-segment elevation or LBBB on the ECG closest to arrival time receiving primary percutaneous coronary artery intervention during the hospital stay with a time from hospital arrival to PCI of 90 minutes or less

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

30-day, all-cause, risk-standardized mortality rate following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for patients with ST segment elevation MI or cardiogenic shock

This measure estimates hospital risk-standardized 30-day all-cause mortality rate following percutaneous coronary intervention among patients who are 18 years of age or older with STEMI or cardiogenic shock at the time of procedure. The measure uses clinical data available in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry CathPCI registry for risk adjustment. For the purpose of development, the measure cohort was derived in a Medicare FFS population of patients 65 years of age or older with a PCI. For the purpose of development and testing, the measure used a Medicare FFS population of patients 65 years of age or older with a PCI. However, the measure is designed to be used in the broader population of PCI patients

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Comprehensive Diabetes Care: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Testing

The percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who received an HbA1c test during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Hospital Risk-Standardized Complication Rate Following Implantation of ICD

This measure provides hospital specific risk-standardized rates of procedural complications following the implantation of an ICD in patients at least 65 year of age. At present, the measure uses clinical data available in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry ICD registry for risk adjustment that has been linked with administrative claims data using direct and indirect patient identifiers to identify procedural complications

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Annual cervical cancer screening or follow-up in high-risk women

This measure identifies women age 12 to 65 diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (CIN 2), cervical carcinoma-in-situ, or HIV/AIDS prior to the measurement year, and who still have a cervix, who had a cervical CA screen during the measurement year.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Functional Status Assessment

Percentage of patients 18 years and older with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for whom a functional status assessment was performed at least once during the measurement period.

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessment of Disease Activity

Percentage of patients 18 years and older with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and >=50% of total number of outpatient RA encounters in the measurement year with assessment of disease activity using a standardized measure.

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tuberculosis Screening

Percentage of patients 18 years and older with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis who have documentation of a tuberculosis (TB) screening performed within 12 months prior to receiving a first course of therapy using a biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD).

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2015

HIV/AIDS: Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) Prophylaxis

Percentage of patients aged 6 weeks or older with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, who were prescribed Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) prophylaxis

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2014

Hepatitis C: Testing for Chronic Hepatitis C - Confirmation of Hepatitis C Viremia

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of hepatitis C seen for an initial evaluation who had HCV RNA testing ordered or previously performed

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2014

HIV/AIDS: CD4 Cell Count or Percentage Performed

Percentage of patients aged six months and older with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, with at least two CD4 cell counts or percentages performed during the measurement year at least 3 months apart

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2014

Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation: Anticoagulant Therapy Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation at Discharge

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) with documented permanent, persistent, or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who were prescribed an anticoagulant at discharge

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2014

Sleep Apnea: Positive Airway Pressure Therapy Prescribed

Patients who were prescribed positive airway pressure therapy as a proportion of all patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2013

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