NQMC Update Service: December 1, 2014

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)

December 1, 2014

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Measure Summaries

Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Withdrawn Summaries

The summaries listed below have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site because they are no longer in current use and therefore, do not meet the NQMC Inclusion Criteria. Please see the Measure Archive for a complete list of all measures that have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site.

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement®

  • Care transitions: percentage of patients, regardless of age, discharged from an emergency department (ED) to ambulatory care or home health care, or their caregiver(s), who received a transition record at the time of ED discharge including, at a minimum, all of specified elements.
  • Care transitions: percentage of patients, regardless of age, discharged from an inpatient facility to home or any other site of care for whom a transition record was transmitted to the facility or primary physician or other health care professional designated for follow-up care within 24 hours of discharge.
  • Care transitions: percentage of patients, regardless of age, discharged from an inpatient facility to home or any other site of care, or their caregiver(s), who received a reconciled medication list at the time of discharge including, at a minimum, medications in the specified categories.
  • Care transitions: percentage of patients, regardless of age, discharged from an inpatient facility to home or any other site of care, or their caregiver(s), who received a transition record (and with whom a review of all included information was documented) at the time of discharge including, at a minimum, all of the specified elements.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): percentage of patients aged 18 years and older seen for an initial evaluation of GERD who did not have a barium swallow test ordered.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): percentage of patients aged 18 years and older seen for an initial evaluation of GERD with at least one alarm symptom who were either referred for upper endoscopy or had an upper endoscopy performed.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of GERD or heartburn whose endoscopy report indicates a suspicion of Barrett's esophagus who had a forceps esophageal biopsy performed.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with diagnosis of GERD, seen for an initial evaluation, who were assessed for the presence or absence of the following alarm symptoms: involuntary weight loss, dysphagia, and GI bleeding.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with the diagnosis of GERD who have been prescribed chronic proton pump inhibitor (PPI) or histamine H2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) therapy who received an assessment of their GERD symptoms within 12 months.
  • Nuclear medicine - radionuclide bone imaging: percentage of patients, regardless of age, undergoing bone scintigraphy, considered to be potentially at risk for fracture in a weight-bearing site for whom there is documentation of direct communication to the referring physician within 24 hours of completion of the imaging study.
  • Prenatal care: percentage of D (Rh) negative, unsensitized patients, regardless of age, who gave birth during a 12-month period who received anti-D immune globulin at 26-30 weeks gestation.
  • Prenatal care: percentage of patients, regardless of age, who gave birth during a 12-month period who were screened for HIV infection during the first or second prenatal care visit.
  • Stroke and stroke rehabilitation: percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with the diagnosis of ischemic stroke who did not receive intravenous unfractionated heparin.

Announcements

Notice to Our Users - Enhanced HHS Measures Inventory Coming Soon!

The HHS Measures Inventory is currently undergoing improvements to enhance the content, functionality, and overall user experience of the Web site.

  • Streamlined Measure Updating. The HHS Measures Inventory will transition from an annual to a "real-time" updating of content directly to the Web site.
  • Links to Expanded Measure Information. When available, external links will be established among measures in the HHS Measures Inventory and the same or similar measure residing in the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) repositories.
  • New Measure History Display. A complete history of entry actions, including measure submission, review, and the date and time of each action will be displayed for each measure record.

Health Awareness Topics - December 2014

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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