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[CQM] NQF 0022 Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015 06:29PM PDT

Measure Description

Note: There is no % requirement for CQMs. However, it is best to report as much as you can for CQMs.

Percentage of patients 66 years of age and older who were ordered high-risk medications. Two rates are reported:

  1. Percentage of patients who were ordered at least one high-risk medication. 
  2. Percentage of patients who were ordered at least two different high-risk medications. 

Denominator: Patients 66 years and older who had a visit during the measurement period.

Numerator 1: Patients with an order for at least one high-risk medication during the measurement period. 

Numerator 2: Patients with an order for at least two different high-risk medications during the measurement period.

How to Track This Measure in Elation

For the denominator to track correctly in Elation:
  • Make sure to record your encounter with a patient with one of the following CPT codes in the Billing Information section of Visit Notes: 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99341, 99342, 99343, 99344, 99345, 99347, 99348, 99349, 99350, 99385, 99386, 99387, 99395, 99396, 99397

  • If your practice has more than one provider, ensure that the correct Primary Care Provider is listed for the patient.

For Numerators 1 & 2 to track correctly on Elation:

  • Make sure to select an existing medication from the Elation database when you are documenting a medication. For a list of high-risk medications, please look at the attached file at the bottom of this article titles "High-Risk Medications List"
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