This measure provides information on how well MCO providers manage urinary incontinence (UI) in Medicare members 65 and older. The measure will be scored on two aspects, based on responses to the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS):
- Discussing Urinary Incontinence: The percentage of members who reported having urine leakage in the past 6 months and who discussed their urinary leakage problem with a health care provider.
- Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: The percentage of who reported having urine leakage in the past 6 months and who discussed treatment options for their urinary incontinence with a health care provider.
Why It Matters
In the U.S., 51% of women and 14% of men experience UI, which often impairs physical, psychological and social well-being. Adults who experience UI report worse physical health, mental health and quality of life. Particularly in older adults, it can reduce independence and the ability to socialize. Despite its negative impact on physical and mental health, UI remains significantly underreported and underdiagnosed.
Providers and health plans can help address UI by discussing potential problems with members and recommending evidence-based treatment to reduce symptoms.
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