Fall Risk Management
This HEDIS Measure
The two components of this survey measure assess different facets of fall risk management.
Discussing Fall Risk: Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older with balance or walking problems or a fall in the past 12 months, who were seen by a practitioner in the past 12 months and who report discussing falls or problems with balance or walking with the practitioner.
Managing Fall Risk: Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older who had a fall or had problems with balance or walking in the past 12 months, who were seen by a practitioner in the past 12 months and who report receiving fall risk intervention from the practitioner.
Falls are the leading cause of death by injury in people 65 and older: every year, one in three older adults fall.1
Falls can cause hip fractures and head wounds, increasing the risk of early death and inducing fear that can reduce mobility and cause depression and social isolation.2,3
Falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults.4
The majority of falls could be prevented through evidence-based interventions, initial discussions with practitioners about future risk of falls and practical lifestyle adjustments.4
1. Bergen, G., M.R. Stevens, E.R. Burns. 2016. “Falls and fall injuries among adults aged ≥65 years—United States, 2014.” MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 65(37):993–8. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6537a2.htm
2. National Institutes of Health. 2014. “Preventing Falls.” NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine. Winter 2014 Issue: Volume 8 Number 4. https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/winter14/articles/winter14pg12-13.html
3. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. 2015. “Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs.” Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/pdf/falls/fallpreventionguide-2015-a.pdf
4. National Council on Aging. 2012. “Fall prevention: Fact sheet.” http://www.ncoa.org/assets/files/pdf/Fact-Sheet_Falls-Prevention.pdf