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11.16.2012 Cardiovascular Monitoring for People With Cardiovascular Disease and Schizophrenia The CMC event/diagnosis criteria were revised in the Volume 2 Technical Update to include both facility and professional claims when identifying an AMI or CABG event. Should both facility and professional claims be included when identifying AMI or CABG for the SMC measure?

Yes. Organizations should include AMI and CABG from inpatient claims only, but may use both facility and professional claims to identify these events for HEDIS 2013 reporting.

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11.16.2012 Race/Ethnicity Diversity of Membership The note below table RDM-C-1/2/3 indicates that the "Unknown" category includes only members for whom the organization has not sought direct or indirect race/ethnicity information. If an organization sought this information but could not obtain it from the member, is this included in the "Unknown" category?

Yes. The Unknown category should be used in cases when the organization did not obtain race/ethnicity information using the direct or indirect data collection method or did not receive a "Decline" response. If the plan attempted to collect the information and the member gave a "Decline" response, the member is counted in the Direct Data Collection percentages (because the plan asked about the members race/ethnicity and received a response). The plan receives credit for attempting to collect the information, even though the member refused to provide it.

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11.16.2012 Cardiovascular Monitoring for People With Cardiovascular Disease and Schizophrenia In the Volume 2 Technical Update, the Continuous Enrollment criteria were revised to read "the measurement year and the year prior to the measurement year." Should the Allowable Gap criteria also include the year prior to the measurement year?

Yes. Members should have no more than one gap in enrollment of up to 45 days during each year of continuous enrollment.

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11.16.2012 Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge If a member's discharge is followed by a readmission or direct transfer to a nursing home or long term care facility, is the discharge included in the measure's denominator?

If there is evidence that the member remained in the nursing home or long-term care facility through December 1 of the measurement year, the discharge must be excluded from the denominator. If there is evidence that the member was discharged from the nursing home or long term care facility by December 1 of the measurement year, the discharge must be included in the denominator. Organizations may not assume that the member remained in a nursing home or long-term care facility through the end of the measurement year, based solely on the discharge status; there must be a method for identifying the members status for the remainder of the measurement year.

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11.16.2012 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents For the Counseling for Nutrition and Counseling for Physical Activity indicators, do educational materials sent to members via mail or e-mail count toward the numerators?

No. The intent of the measure is to identify instances where a member received counseling for nutrition and physical activity; therefore, educational materials sent via mail or e-mail do not indicate that counseling occurred. The intent of including "member received educational materials" in the measure specifications is to allow for occasions where a provider gave educational materials to a patient during a face-to-face visit.

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10.16.2012 Comprehensive Diabetes Care Can CPT Category II code 4010F be used to identify ACE inhibitor/ARB therapy for the Medical Attention for Nephropathy indicator?

Yes, CPT Category II code 4010F (Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) therapy prescribed or currently being taken) can be used to identify ACE inhibitor/ARB therapy (Table CDC-K) for the Medical Attention for Nephropathy indicator for HEDIS 2014 reporting.

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10.16.2012 General Guidelines What is the difference between "required" exclusions and "optional" exclusions?

Required exclusions identify members who must be excluded from the measure, regardless of numerator compliance. They are listed as part of the eligible population criteria because members who meet the required exclusion criteria are removed when identifying the denominator of the measure. Optional exclusions should only be used to remove members that did not meet the measure's numerator criteria. Organizations may choose to apply optional exclusions, which are listed separately at the end of the measure specification, or may choose not to apply the exclusions.

HEDIS 2013

9.16.2012 Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge The Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program is required for CMS Parts C and D data validation audits. May we use data from the MTM program to satisfy the "medication reconciliation" requirements in the MRP measure?

Data from the MTM program may be used only if the organization can distinguish a member's discharge medications from the member's current medications. The reconciliation must have occurred on or within 30 days of discharge by a prescribing practitioner, clinical pharmacist or registered nurse to meet the intent of the measure.

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9.16.2012 Cervical Cancer Screening The USPSTF released new recommendations for cervical cancer screening in March 2012. It recommends cytology (Pap test) screening every three years for women 21_65 years of age or, for women 30_65 years of age who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years. In light of the new recommendations, will NCQA update the CCS measure to account for the lengthened screening for women 30_65 years?

In response to USPSTF recommendations, NCQA has scheduled the CCS measure for reevaluation in 2012. The appropriate staff and panels will review updates and other relevant guidelines and will evaluate potential changes to the measure. Proposed changes, if any, will be posted for Public Comment in February 2013 and, pending final approval by the NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement, will be included in HEDIS 2014.

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9.16.2012 General Guidelines Can an organization continue to collect medical records for members in the hybrid sample after the May 15 medical record review deadline and record them in supplemental database for use in the current reporting year?

No, organizations may not continue to collect medical record data past May 15 and enter it into a supplemental database for use in the current HEDIS year.

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8.16.2012 Comprehensive Diabetes Care May documentation of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) test be used when reporting the Medical Attention for Nephropathy indicator?

No. GFR testing is not currently acceptable for the Medical Attention for Nephropathy indicator. Clinical experts determined that certain characteristics, such as age, sex and race, may impact the effectiveness of such tests for monitoring nephropathy. If a member was determined to have impaired kidney function based on a GFR test, it is expected that there would be other documentation in the medical record that would make the member compliant for the nephropathy indicator (e.g., documentation of a visit to a nephrologist or documentation of medical attention for any appropriate conditions listed in the specifications).

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8.16.2012 Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis What combination of visits with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis may be used to meet the event/diagnosis criteria?

Although the event/diagnosis criteria do not specifically state "and/or," it is implied. As long as there are two outpatient visits or two nonacute inpatient discharges, or one outpatient visit and one nonacute inpatient discharge, with a diagnosis of RA, the member meets the criteria for eligible population.

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