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HEDIS Measure: Cervical Cancer Screening

Description:

Cervical cancer screening is measured by the percentage of women, 21 to 64 years of age who were screened for cervical cancer using either of the following criteria:

  • Women 21 to 64 years of age who had cervical cytology performed within the last 3 years.
  • Women 30 to 64 years of age who had cervical high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing performed within the last 5 years.
  • Women 30 to 64 years of age who had cervical cytology/high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) co-testing within the last 5 years.

Note: Evidence of hrHPV testing within the past five years also captures patients who had co-testing; therefore, additional methods to identify co-testing are not necessary.


Documentation:

  1. For women age 24-64 as of Dec. 31 of the measurement year who had cervical cytology
    during the measurement year or the two years prior to the measurement year, documentation
    in the medical record must include both of the following:
    o A note indicating the date when the cervical cytology was performed
    o The result or finding

2. For women age 30-64 as of Dec. 31 of the measurement year who: 1) had cervical hrHPV
testing during the measurement year or the four years prior to the measurement years, and 2)
were 30 years or older as of the date of testing, documentation must include both:
o A note indicating the date the hrHPV test was performed; generic documentation stating
HPV test counts as evidence of hrHPV test
o The results or findings

Documentation that will not be accepted for this measure:

  1. Biopsies do not count
  2. Lab results that state the sample was inadequate or that no cervical cells were present are
    not acceptable unless it is also stated this finding is consistent with a hysterectomy
  3. Documenting hysterectomy is not sufficient; should note if the hysterectomy resulted in the
    loss of the cervix and include terms like total, complete or radical hysterectomy

Codes that apply to this HEDIS Measure

Exclusions:

1.Women who have had a total, complete or radical vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy with no
residual cervix, cervical agenesis or acquired absence of cervix; prior to Dec. 31 of the
measurement year
2. Hospice or palliative care during measurement years
3. Documentation of vaginal hysterectomy meets criteria for documentation of hysterectomy with
no residual cervix



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All summaries of the measures contained herein are reproduced w ith permission from HEDIS MY2020 and MY2021, Volume 2: Technical Specifications for Health Plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).


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HEDIS Measure: Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain

HEDIS Measures get updated every year. In this post we will discuss the proper coding and billing for HEDIS Measure: Use of Imaging Studies for Lower Back Pain; and list the changes for the upcoming 2022 year. This measure applies to all types of insurances: Medicare, Commercial, and Medicaid.


Background:

One out of every four patients you see in your office has low back pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the last three months, 25% of U.S. adults report having low back pain, making it second only to the common cold as a cause for lost work time and a primary reason for a doctor’s visit.  Back pain will usually go away on its own. About 90 percent of patients with low back pain recover within six weeks.


What causes back pain?


HEDIS Measure: Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain Definition-
Members 18-50 years of age with a new primary diagnosis of low back pain in an outpatient or ED visit who did not have an x-ray, CT or MRI within 28 days of the primary diagnosis. A higher score indicates appropriate treatment of low back pain (i.e., the proportion for whom imaging studies did not occur)


Proper Medical Coding:

CPT codes for imaging Studies-

List of Proper DX codes:


Measure Exclusions:

Exclusions include cancer, recent trauma, IV drug abuse, neurologic impairment, HIV, spinal infection, major organ transplant and prolonged use of corticosteroids.

Proper Exclusions Coding:


Improve the score for this HEDIS Measure:

-Avoid ordering diagnostic studies within 30 days of a diagnosis of new-onset back pain in the absence of red flags (e.g., cancer, recent trauma, neurologic impairment,
or IV drug abuse).
• Provide patient education on comfort measures, e.g., pain relief, stretching exercises, and activity level.
• Use correct exclusion codes if applicable (e.g., cancer).
• Look for other reason for visits for low back pain (e.g., depression, anxiety, narcotic dependency, psychosocial stressors, etc.).
• Document and code/bill all comorbidities (e.g. MVA, fall, trauma, etc.


HEDIS Measure: Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain 2022 Changes:


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HEDIS Measure: Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents (WCC)

HEDIS is always a hot topic of discussion. In this blog post we will discuss the HEDIS measure WCC or Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents.

Background/Research Data:

The research analyzed doctor visits pre-pandemic then during the pandemic period and the increases were dramatic. Overall obesity increased from 13.7% to 15.4%. Increases observed ranged from 1% in children aged 13 to 17 years to 2.6% for those aged 5 to 9 years.


The purpose of this HEDIS Measure:

This HEDIS measure looks at the percentage of patients between the 3-17 years of age, who had an outpatient visit with a PCP or OB/GYN and have documented evidence for all the following during the measurement year:

  • Body mass index (BMI) percentile (percentage, not value)
  • Counseling for nutrition
  • Counseling for physical activity

This HEDIS Measure (WCC) requires the following documentation:

  • When counseling for nutrition, document current nutritional behavior, such as meal patterns, eating and diet habits, and weight counseling.
  • When counseling for physical activity, document current physical activity behavior, such as exercise routine, participation in sports activities, bike riding and play groups.
  • Handouts about nutrition and physical activity also count toward meeting this HEDIS measure when documented in the member’s health record.

Telehealth, virtual check-in, and telephone visits all meet the criteria for nutrition and physical activity counseling. Counseling does not need to take place only during a well-visit, WCC can also be completed during sick visits. Documenting guidance in your patient’s records is key.



Proper Coding and Billing:

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