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Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment

General eCQM Information

CMS Measure ID CMS137v9
NQF Number Not Applicable
Measure Description

Percentage of patients 13 years of age and older with a new episode of alcohol or other drug abuse or (AOD) dependence who received the following. Two rates are reported.

a. Percentage of patients who initiated treatment including either an intervention or medication for the treatment of AOD abuse or dependence within 14 days of the diagnosis

b. Percentage of patients who engaged in ongoing treatment including two additional interventions or a medication for the treatment of AOD abuse or dependence within 34 days of the initiation visit. For patients who initiated treatment with a medication, at least one of the two engagement events must be a treatment intervention.

Initial Population Patients age 13 years of age and older who were diagnosed with a new episode of alcohol, opioid, or other drug abuse or dependency during a visit between January 1 and November 14 of the measurement period
Denominator Statement

Equals Initial Population

Denominator Exclusions

Exclude patients with a previous active diagnosis of alcohol, opioid or other drug abuse or dependence in the 60 days prior to the first episode of alcohol or drug dependence.

Exclude patients whose hospice care overlaps the measurement period.

Numerator Statement

Numerator 1: Initiation of treatment includes either an intervention or medication for the treatment of AOD abuse or dependence within 14 days of the diagnosis.

Numerator 2: Engagement in ongoing treatment includes two additional interventions or a medication for the treatment of AOD abuse or dependence within 34 days of the initiation visit. For patients who initiated treatment with a medication, at least one of the two engagement events must be a treatment intervention (i.e., engagement for these members cannot be satisfied with medication treatment alone).

Numerator Exclusions

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions

None

Measure Steward National Committee for Quality Assurance
Domain Effective Clinical Care
Measure Scoring Proportion measure
Measure Type Process measure
Improvement Notation

Higher score indicates better quality

Guidance

The new episode of alcohol and other drug dependence should be the first episode of the measurement period that is not preceded in the 60 days prior by another episode of alcohol or other drug dependence.

This eCQM is a patient-based measure.

This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.5. Please refer to the eCQI resource center for more information on the QDM.

Quality ID 305
Meaningful Measure Prevention and Treatment of Opioid and Substance Use Disorders
Telehealth Eligible Yes
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Release Notes

Header

  • Updated eCQM Version Number.

    Measure Section: eCQM Version Number

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated copyright.

    Measure Section: Copyright

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • ​Updated the rationale to remove outdated references and content and to update references.

    Measure Section: Rationale

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated the clinical recommendations statement to remove outdated references and update with the most recent clinical recommendations.

    Measure Section: Clinical Recommendation Statement

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated references.

    Measure Section: Reference

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated the definition to change the intake period from November 13 to November 14 to ensure all services can occur before the measurement period ends.

    Measure Section: Definition

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Added text to identify the Quality Data Model (QDM) version used in the measure specification.

    Measure Section: Guidance

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Added text to indicate whether the measure is patient-based or episode-based.

    Measure Section: Guidance

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Added 'Exclude' in the first line of the denominator exclusions statement to be consistent with wording of other exclusions.

    Measure Section: Denominator Exceptions

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

Logic

  • Changed 'start of 'Measurement Period') in Interval[13,17]' to 'end of 'Measurement Period') in Interval[13, 17]' to capture patients age 17 at the end of the measurement period and align with measure intent.

    Measure Section: Denominator

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • ​​Changed the period within which the 'Initial Dependence Diagnosis' must occur to ensure all services can occur before the measurement period ends.

    Measure Section: Numerator

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Revised aliases to better differentiate medication treatment from intervention treatment to align with style conventions.

    Measure Section: Numerator

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Added 'day of' timing to the Dependence Treatment Intervention Initiated logic definition for added clarity.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Revised aliases to better differentiate medication treatment from intervention treatment to align with style conventions.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated the definition to change the intake period from November 13 to November 14 to ensure all services can occur before the measurement period ends.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated the names of Clinical Quality Language (CQL) definitions, functions, and/or aliases for clarification and to align with the CQL Style Guide.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated timing logic for the follow-up assessment to use 'in Interval' to simplify logic and promote harmonization between measures.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated CQL definitions, functions, and/or aliases for clarification and to align with the CQL Style Guide.

    Measure Section: Functions

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • CQL Library version update: Updated version number of the Hospice Library (Hospice-2.2.000).

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated CQL expression to conform with the HL7 Standard: Clinical Quality Language Specification, Release 1 STU 4 (CQL 1.4).

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated version number of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) Global Common Functions Library (MATGlobalCommonFunctions-5.0.000). Updated definitions and functions in the MAT Global Common Functions Library to align with standards changes, CQL Style Guide, and to include one new function related to calculating length of hospital stays with observation stays.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

Value Set

The VSAC is the source of truth for the value set content, please visit the VSAC for downloads of current value sets.

  • Value set Opiate Antagonists (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.198.12.1132): Deleted 10 ICD-10-PCS codes (HZ90ZZZ, HZ91ZZZ, HZ92ZZZ, HZ93ZZZ, HZ94ZZZ, HZ95ZZZ, HZ96ZZZ, HZ97ZZZ, HZ98ZZZ, HZ99ZZZ). Added 29 RxNorm codes. Removed ICD-10-PCS codes from the grouping value set and replaced them with RxNorm codes, as that is the recommended terminology.

    Measure Section: Terminology

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Value set Telehealth Services (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1031): Deleted 2 CPT codes (98969, 99444) based on terminology update.

    Measure Section: Terminology

    Source of Change: Annual Update

Last Updated: May 05, 2021