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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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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 Care for Older Adults May a yes/no checklist be used for the advance care planning indicator?

If "yes" is checked, it may be counted as evidence that the member executed an advance care plan. If "no" is checked, evidence of an advance care planning discussion must be documented. A checklist does not count as evidence of a discussion.

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11.16.2012 General Guidelines If a member was included in the denominator because of inaccurate claims data, may we remove the member from the measure? How do we do this?

Members who are in the denominator because of inaccurate claims data may meet the criteria for a valid data error. Valid data errors are identified only for hybrid measures during medical record review. If a member is in the denominator because of a claim with a code specified for the measure, the medical record must contain evidence that the member does not meet measure criteria; a silent chart is not evidence that the member does not have the condition being measured. If the valid data error criteria are met, the member should be removed from the sample and replaced with a member from the oversample.

Finding valid data errors is not intended to be a method of correcting improper billing practices, and they cannot be identified through supplemental data. Additional information and examples of valid data errors can be found in the Substituting Medical Records in the Guidelines for Calculations and Sampling (page 51).

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11.16.2012 Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly When calculating the Average Daily Dose for medications in Table DAE-C, should organizations use rounding rules before comparing the dose to the specified threshold? How should organizations calculate average daily dose for elixirs and concentrates?

Organizations should not round when calculating average daily dose. To calculate average daily dose for elixirs and concentrates multiply the volume dispensed by dose and divide by days supply.

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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.

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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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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 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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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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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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