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Medicare Guidelines

Condition — Asthma

Reference: “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma” is a National Guideline developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as part of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. The Expert Panel Report 3 was initially published in July 2007.

Clinical Indicators:

1. The percentage of children newly prescribed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication who had at least three follow-up care visits within a 10-month period, one of which was within 30 days of when the first ADHD medication was dispensed. Two rates are reported

  • Initiation Phase. The percentage of members 6–12 years of age as of the IPSD with an ambulatory prescription dispensed for ADHD medication, who had one follow-up visit with practitioner with prescribing authority during the 30-day Initiation Phase.
  • Continuation and Maintenance (C&M) Phase. The percentage of members 6–12 years of age as of the IPSD with an ambulatory prescription dispensed for ADHD medication, who remained on the medication for at least 210 days and who, in addition to the visit in the Initiation Phase, had at least two follow-up visits with a practitioner within 270 days (9 months) after the Initiation Phase ended.

(Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, ADD)

2. The percentage of members 5-85 years of age who were identified as having persistent asthma and had a ratio of controller medications of 0.50 or greater during the measurement year.

(NOTE:  Medicaid, report only members 5-64 years of age.) (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, AMR)

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/current/asthma-guidelines

Condition — ADHD

Reference: October 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents”.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.full.pdf

Clinical Indicators:

1. The percentage of children newly prescribed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication who had at least three follow-up care visits within a 10-month period, one of which was within 30 days of when the first ADHD medication was dispensed. Two rates are reported:

  • Initiation Phase. The percentage of members 6–12 years of age as of the IPSD with an ambulatory prescription dispensed for ADHD medication, who had one follow-up visit with practitioner with prescribing authority during the 30-day Initiation Phase.
  • Continuation and Maintenance (C&M) Phase. The percentage of members 6–12 years of age as of the IPSD with an ambulatory prescription dispensed for ADHD medication, who remained on the medication for at least 210 days and who, in addition to the visit in the Initiation Phase, had at least two follow-up visits with a practitioner within 270 days (9 months) after the Initiation Phase ended.

(Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, ADD)

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.full.pdf

Condition — Bipolar

Reference: The American Psychiatric Association Clinical Practice Guideline titled “The Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder” (Revision 2002).

Clinical Indicators:
1. The percentage of members 18–64 years of age with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, who were dispensed an antipsychotic medication and had a diabetes screening test during the measurement year. (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, SSD)

2. The percentage of discharges for members 6 years of age and older who were hospitalized for treatment of selected mental illness diagnoses and who had an outpatient visit, an intensive outpatient encounter or partial hospitalization with a mental health practitioner:

Links:
http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/bipolar.pdf

https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/clinical-practice-guidelines

https://www.network-health.org/uploadedFiles/pdfs/clinical_guidelines/guidelines_bipolar_watch.pdf

Condition — COPD

Reference: “The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Guideline was formed through the collaborative efforts of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA and the World Health Organization in 1998.

From the “Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2016.

Clinical Indicators:

  1. Percentage of members 40 years and older with a new diagnosis of COPD or newly active COPD, who have received spirometry testing to confirm the diagnosis. (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, SPR)
  2. Percentage of COPD exacerbations for members 40 years and older who had an acute inpatient discharge or ED visit between January 1-November 30 of the measurement year and who were dispensed a systemic corticosteroid within 14 days of the event. (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, PCE)
  3. Percentage of COPD exacerbations for members 40 years and older who had an acute inpatient discharge or ED visit between January 1-November 30 of the measurement year and who were dispensed appropriate medications, and who dispensed a bronchodilator (or there was evidence of an active prescription) within 30 days of the event. Note: The eligible population for this measure is based on acute inpatient discharges and ED visits, not on members. It is possible for the denominator to include multiple events for the same individual.

(Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, PCE

Links:
http://goldcopd.org/global-strategy-diagnosis-management-prevention-copd-2016/

 

Condition — Cardiac

Reference

  1. 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults
  2. 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure
  3. AHA/ACCF Secondary Prevention and Risk Reduction Therapy for Patients with Coronary & Other Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: 2011 Update
  4. 2017 ACC/AHA/HFSA Focused Update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure

Clinical Indicators: 

  1. The percentage of members 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 AMI and who received persistent beta-blocker treatment for six months after discharge. (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, PBH)
  2. The percentage of males 21-75 and females 40-75 years of age during the measurement year who were identified as having clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and who:
    • Received statin therapy: Members who were dispensed at least one high or moderate-intensity statin medication during the measurement year.
    • Met statin adherence 80%: Members who remained on a high or moderate-intensity statin medication for at least 80% of the treatment period.(Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, SPC)

Links:
Management of Adults with Elevated Cholesterol
Management of Patients with Heart Failure
Management of Patients with CAD

 

Condition — Diabetes

Reference: American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2015” for its’ Diabetes Guideline (January 2015).

Clinical Indicators: 

  1. The percentage of members 18–75 years of age with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who had each of the following:
    • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing
    • HbA1c poor control (>9.0%)
    • HbA1c control (<8.0%)
    • HbA1c control (<7.0%) for a selected population
    • Eye exam (retinal) performed
    • Medical attention for nephropathy
    • BP control (<140/90 mm Hg)
    (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, CDC)
  2. The percentage 1.   of members 40–75 years of age during the measurement year with diabetes who do not have clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who were dispensed at least one statin medication of any intensity during the measurement year.
    (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, SPD)
  3. The 1.   percentage of members 40–75 years of age during the measurement year with diabetes who do not have clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who remained on a statin medication of any intensity for at least 80% of the treatment period.
    (Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, SPD)

Links:
http://professional.diabetes.org/sites/professional.diabetes.org/files/media/dc_40_s1_final.pdf

Condition — Depression

Reference: Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Health Care Guideline titled, “Major Depression in Adults in Primary Care” (Seventeenth Edition, March 2016)

Clinical Indicators: 

1. The percentage of members 18 years of age and older who were treated with antidepressant medication, had a diagnosis of major depression and who remained on an antidepressant medication treatment.

  • Effective Acute Phase Treatment: The percentage of members who remained on an antidepressant medication for at least 84 days (12 weeks).
  • Effective Continuation Phase Treatment: The percentage of members who remained on an antidepressant medication for at least 180 days (6 months).​

​​(Source: HEDIS® 2017, Vol. 2, Technical Specifications, AMM)

Links:
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Health Care Guideline Adult Depression in Primary Care (Updated March 2016)

US Department of Health and Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – “Adult Depression in Primary Care”

Condition — HIV

Reference: “Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents” is a national guideline, following the recommendations by the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents - A Working Group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC).

This guideline describes the best clinical practices based on available knowledge and a consensus of experts as of July 14, 2016. 

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Measure HVL-AD: HIV Viral Load Suppression, as presented in the Core Set of Health Care Quality Measures for Adults Enrolled in Medicaid 2017 Technical Specifications and Resource Manual

Clinical Indicators:

  1. Number of HIV+ individuals with at least one outpatient visit in the past 12 months.
  2. Percentage of enrollees age 18 and older with a diagnosis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) who had a HIV viral load test during the measurement year. (Health Resources and Services Administration)
  3. Percentage of Enrollees with pharmacy claims for HIV medications in the past 12 months with an 80% medication possession ratio.

Links:
http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines
https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/downloads/2017-adult-core-set.pdf

Condition — Hypertension

Reference: “Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee” (JNC 8)

Links:

Condition — Schizophrenia

Reference: The American Psychiatric Association Clinical Practice Guideline titled “The Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia Second Edition” (2004).

http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/schizophrenia.pdf

Condition — Adult

Adult Guidelines

Condition — Child

Reference: 2014 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule and 2015 CDC Immunization Schedule Birth-18 Years and Catch-up

Links:

Condition — Routine and High Risk Prenatal Care

2015 Routine and High Risk Prenatal Care

General Guideline Limitations:

  • The percentage of discharges for which the member received follow-up within 30 days of discharge.
  • The percentage of discharges for which the member received follow-up within 7 days of discharge.