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2.16.2013 Care for Older Adults For the functional status assessment indicator, the fourth bullet requires notation of at least three of the four components: cognitive status, ambulation status, sensory ability and other functional independence. For "sensory ability," must all three components (hearing, vision, speech) be documented to meet the criterion?

Yes. All three components must be evaluated to fulfill the sensory ability component.

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2.16.2013 Comprehensive Diabetes Care If no result is documented for an eye exam in the year prior to the measurement year, can the organization infer that the exam was negative for retinopathy?

No. Documentation of an eye exam that does not include a result does not count as a negative result and is not eligible for use in HEDIS reporting.

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2.16.2013 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents May a member's height, weight and BMI percentile be noted on different dates of service in the medical record for the BMI Percentile indicator?

Yes. Height, weight and BMI percentile may be noted on different dates of service as long as they are documented in the medical record during the measurement year.

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2.16.2013 General Guidelines If an organization finds an undated lab result in a progress note, can the progress note date be used as the lab result date?

No. An undated lab result may not be used for HEDIS reporting. To be eligible for use, the date the test was performed (e.g., the date the sample was drawn) or the result date (e.g., the date the lab calculated the result) must be documented.

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2.16.2013 Adult BMI Assessment If the member's weight is documented in the medical record during the measurement year or year prior to the measurement year, may the organization calculate BMI at a later date?

Yes. The BMI may be calculated by the organization at a later date. It must be calculated and documented in the medical record during the measurement year or year prior to the measurement year to be eligible for use in HEDIS reporting.

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2.16.2013 Adult BMI Assessment May a member's weight and BMI be noted on different dates of service in the medical record?

Yes. Weight and BMI may be noted on different dates of service as long as they are documented in the medical record during the measurement year or year prior to the measurement year.

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2.16.2013 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents If height and weight are documented in the medical record during the measurement year, may the organization calculate BMI percentile at a later date?

Yes. The BMI percentile may be calculated by the organization at a later date. It must be calculated and documented in the medical record during the measurement year to be eligible for use in HEDIS reporting.

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1.16.2013 General Guidelines Is there a deadline for updating administrative rates with new sources of supplemental data?

Yes, the December Update included a modification to the audit timeline that requires all supplemental database activities be concluded by 5/1 in the reporting year. NCQA requires this deadline to allow sufficient time for audit review and possible corrections. The update should be made in the HEDIS Audit Timeline in Volume 5, on page 52 and in Volume 2, on page 17. This sentence should be added: "Auditor finalizes approval of Supplemental Databases, policies, procedures, and content (data)." by May 1.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation For measures that are heavily or entirely reliant on MRR data (e.g., COA, ABA, WCC, CDC BPs), if an organization attempts MRR validation and fails, or is able to retrieve a only small percentage of charts, can they report an administrative rate as low as 0% (assuming no other issues are identified)?

A low administrative rate, even 0%, can be reported, if the plan wants to submit such a rate and the auditor finds no bias or other problems in the administrative process.

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1.16.2013 General Guidelines Are home-test kits that collect biometric values allowed for HEDIS reporting?

Only tests administered by a qualified provider may be used for HEDIS reporting. Self-administered tests (including home-test kits) where the patient performs the test and obtains the result are not eligible for use in HEDIS reporting.

Results from a home test kit where a qualified provider uses the kit to conduct a test or determine the results in the office are eligible for HEDIS reporting. If any home test is billed by a qualified provider using a code specified in the measure, it is eligible for use in HEDIS reporting; the code alone indicates compliance.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation Can the plan choose to rotate a measure that failed MRR validation?

The intent of measure rotation is to reduce chart review, not be a means to select the best rate possible. However, NCQA does not specifically prohibit this approach. Please note, if the reason for failing can be seen as possibly affecting other measures in the group, the auditor may elect to review those other measures.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation Can an auditor substitute one member in the MRRV sample of 16 if that members chart cannot be found?

Yes, substitution for one member is acceptable only if the organization cannot collect the chart because a practitioner is unable or unwilling to release it. The auditor has two options: he can select an original sample of 17 members (16 plus 1 oversample), and use the replacement member if the organization was unable to obtain a chart for one of the first 16 members, or he can send a 17th member when he is notified that one of the original 16 charts was unobtainable.

The auditors work papers should note which members chart was refused. If possible, the auditor should get a copy of the providers refusal letter or e-mail.

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