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

Measure Info

MIPS 431 NQF 2152 NQF Endorsed
Measure Type
Measure Steward
Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement
Clinical Topic Area
Prevention and Wellness
Substance Use

Care Setting
Data Source
Electronic Health Records

ACP supports QPP measure 431: "Preventive Care and Screening: Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Screening & Brief Counseling” because it is clinically important to screen for unhealthy alcohol use, the measure aligns with the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening and behavioral health counseling interventions in primary care, and the measure does not pose undue burden on clinicians. While we support this measure, we suggest the developers revise the numerator specifications to clearly define "brief counseling".