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Clinical Quality Measure Age Logic

Most clinical quality measures have some sort of age criteria. Consider NQF 0418, the depression screening and follow-up measure. The basic description is: Percentage of patients aged 12 years and older screened for depression on the date of the encounter […]

Cessation Counseling for Tobacco Use

Over the last 4 years, we’ve seen the performance on Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Measure (CMS 138v6 / NQF 0028) rates increase, but recently you may have noticed a drop in your performance and wondered ‘what’s happening?’  Did something […]

Understanding Performance: Choosing the Right Reporting Period

Much of the focus in data reporting and quality improvement projects is on which measures to track and for which patients, however, an equally important criterion is which period type to track and understanding the results that choice will yield. […]

Anatomy of a Measure: Age Ranges

One of the most basic components of most clinical quality measures (CQM’s) is a check of the patient’s age. For an indicator like the Breast Cancer Screening measure, of course, we only want to include women within a clinically relevant age range. But, […]

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