Depression Remission at Twelve Months

Last updated: July 12, 2017

CMS Measure ID: CMS159v3
Version: 3
NQF Number: 0710
Measure Description:

Adult patients age 18 and older with major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score > 9 who demonstrate remission at twelve months defined as PHQ-9 score less than 5. This measure applies to both patients with newly diagnosed and existing depression whose current PHQ-9 score indicates a need for treatment

Initial Patient Population:

Adults age 18 and older with a diagnosis of major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score greater than nine during an outpatient encounter.

Denominator Statement:

Equals the Initial Patient Population

Denominator Exclusions:
  1. Patients who died
  2. Patients who received hospice services
  3. Patients who were permanent nursing home residents
  4. Patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  5. Patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder
Numerator Statement:

Adults who achieved remission at twelve months as demonstrated by a twelve month (+/- 30 days) PHQ-9 score of less than five.

Numerator Exclusions:

None

Denominator Exceptions:

None

Measure Steward: MN Community Measurement
Domain: Effective Clinical Care
Next Version: Depression Remission at Twelve Months
Measure Score: Proportion
Score Type: Outcome
Improvement Notation:

Higher score indicates better quality

Guidance:

None

Specifications

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