Oncology: Medical and Radiation – Pain Intensity Quantified

Last updated: May 18, 2016

CMS Measure ID: CMS157v3
Version: 3
NQF Number: 0384
Measure Description:

Percentage of patient visits, regardless of patient age, with a diagnosis of cancer currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy in which pain intensity is quantified

Initial Patient Population:

All patient visits, regardless of patient age, with a diagnosis of cancer currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy

Denominator Statement:

Equals Initial Patient Population

Denominator Exclusions:

None

Numerator Statement:

Patient visits in which pain intensity is quantified

Numerator Exclusions:

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions:

None

Measure Steward: American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement(R) (AMA-PCPI)
Domain: Person and Caregiver-Centered Experience Outcomes
Next Version: Oncology: Medical and Radiation - Pain Intensity Quantified
Measure Score: Proportion
Score Type: Process
Improvement Notation:

Higher score indicates better quality

Guidance:

This measure is an episode-of-care measure; the level of analysis for this measure is every visit for patients with a diagnosis of cancer who are also receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy during the measurement period. For patients receiving radiation therapy, pain intensity should be quantified at each radiation treatment management encounter. For patients receiving chemotherapy, pain intensity should be quantified at each face-to-face encounter with the physician while the patient is receiving treatment. For purposes of calculating this measure, eligible encounters for patients receiving chemotherapy will include those encounters where the patient has been administered chemotherapy within 30 days prior to the encounter and also been administered chemotherapy within 30 days after the date of the encounter. For example, at every visit for patients with a diagnosis of cancer who are also receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the patient should have pain intensity quantified.

Pain intensity should be quantified using a standard instrument, such as a 0-10 numeric rating scale, a categorical scale, or the pictorial scale.

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