For mapping purposes, the organization must demonstrate that the medication being mapped is the same as a medication listed in the Medication List Directory (MLD). For example, the route for “benralizumab” is listed as “subcutaneous” in the Asthma Controller Medications table (p. 153 HEDIS 2020 Volume 2).
The MLD contains two generic products for benralizumab: “1 ML benralizumab 30 MG/ML Prefilled Syringe” and “benralizumab 30 MG/ML Prefilled Syringe,” where the Route is listed as “injection.” Therefore, it would be appropriate to map a code with the generic name “benralizumab” and strength “30 MG/ML and dose form or route of either “syringe” or “prefilled syringe” or “injection.”
Another example is fluticasone, which is listed as “inhalation” in the Asthma Controller Medications table. The MLD (Generic Product Name) identifies appropriate dose/forms as “metered dose inhaler” or “dry powder inhaler,” and lists the route as “inhalation.” Therefore, it would be appropriate to map codes for fluticasone if the strength/dose matches one in the MLD and if the dose form or route is “inhaler” or “metered dose inhaler” or “powder inhaler” or “inhalation.” It would not be appropriate to map codes for fluticasone with dose form or route of “nasal spray.”