NQMC Update Service: June 29, 2015

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)

June 29, 2015

New This Week

Measure Summaries

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Quality Measurement, Evaluation, Testing, Review, and Implementation Consortium (Q-METRIC)

The Endocrine Society

Withdrawn Summaries

The summaries listed below have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site because they are no longer in current use and therefore, do not meet the NQMC Inclusion Criteria. Please see the Measure Archive for a complete list of measures that have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site.

American Academy of Neurology

  • Epilepsy: percentage of patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy seen for an initial evaluation who had the results of at least one electroencephalogram (EEG) reviewed or requested, or if EEG was not performed previously, then an EEG ordered.
  • Epilepsy: percentage of patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy seen for an initial evaluation who had the results of at least one MRI or CT scan reviewed or requested or, if an MRI or CT scan was not obtained previously, then an MRI or CT scan was ordered (MRI preferred).
  • Epilepsy: percentage of patients with a diagnosis of intractable epilepsy who were considered for referral for a neurological evaluation of appropriateness for surgical therapy and the consideration was documented in the medical record within the past 3 years.
  • Epilepsy: percentage of visits for patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy who were queried and counseled about anti-epileptic drug (AED) side effects and the querying and counseling was documented in the medical record.

National Committee for Quality Assurance

  • Geriatrics: percentage of female patients aged 65 years and older with a diagnosis of urinary incontinence who were prescribed a medication to treat the urinary incontinence who had a trial of behavioral therapy documented.
  • Osteoporosis: percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with one of the following conditions or therapies: receiving oral glucocorticosteroid therapy for greater than 3 months OR hypogonadism OR fracture history OR transplant history OR obesity surgery OR malabsorption disease OR receiving aromatase therapy for breast cancer who had a central dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) ordered or performed or pharmacologic therapy prescribed within 12 months.
  • Osteoporosis: percentage of patients aged 50 years and older with a diagnosis of osteoporosis who were prescribed pharmacologic therapy within 12 months.
  • Osteoporosis: percentage of patients, regardless of age, with a diagnosis of osteoporosis who are either receiving both calcium and vitamin D or had documented counseling regarding both calcium and vitamin D intake, and exercise at least once within 12 months.

The Joint Commission

  • Substance use: percent of discharged patients who received a diagnosis of alcohol or drug disorder during their inpatient stay, who are contacted between 7 and 30 days after hospital discharge and follow-up information regarding their alcohol or drug use status post discharge is collected.
  • Tobacco treatment: percent of discharged patients who are identified through the screening process as having used tobacco products (cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, pipe, and cigars) within the past 30 days who are contacted between 15 and 30 days after hospital discharge and follow-up information regarding tobacco use status is collected.

Announcements

Conference News

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is excited to announce that its research conference will be held October 4–6, 2015 in Crystal City, VA. The conference will bring authorities in health care research and policy together to participate in sessions focused on addressing today's challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care. Visit the conference home page for more information.

Coming Soon

  • New/Updated ICSI Preventive Services for Adults Measures. Look for these measures in NQMC in the near future!

Health Awareness Topics - June 2015

How to Participate

  • Submit measures: Visit our Submit Measures page for information on how to submit your organization's measures.
  • Suggest a measure for possible inclusion: Submit your suggestions for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets that you would like to see included in NQMC.

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