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Controlling High Blood Pressure

Last updated: September 14, 2018

CMS Measure ID: CMS165v7
Version: 7
NQF Number: 0018
Measure Description:

Percentage of patients 18-85 years of age who had a diagnosis of hypertension and whose blood pressure was adequately controlled (<140/90mmHg) during the measurement period

Initial Patient Population:

Patients 18-85 years of age who had a diagnosis of essential hypertension within the first six months of the measurement period or any time prior to the measurement period

Denominator Statement:

Equals Initial Populationinfo-icon

Denominator Exclusions:

Patients with evidence of end stage renal disease (ESRD), dialysis or renal transplant before or during the measurement period. Also exclude patients with a diagnosis of pregnancy during the measurement period.

Exclude patients whose hospice care overlaps the measurement period.

Numerator Statement:

Patients whose blood pressure at the most recent visit is adequately controlled (systolic blood pressure < 140 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg) during the measurement period

Numerator Exclusions:

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions:

None

Measure Steward: National Committee for Quality Assurance
Domain: Effective Clinical Care
Previous Version:
Improvement Notation:

Higher score indicates better quality

Guidance:

In reference to the numeratorinfo-icon element, only blood pressure readings performed by a clinician in the provider office are acceptable for numerator compliance with this measure. Blood pressure readings from the patient's home (including readings directly from monitoring devices) are not acceptable.

If no blood pressure is recorded during the measurement period, the patient's blood pressure is assumed not controlled.

If there are multiple blood pressure readings on the same day, use the lowest systolic and the lowest diastolic reading as the most recent blood pressure reading.

Quality ID: 236
Meaningful Measure: Management of Chronic Conditions

Specifications

Release Notes

Header

  • Updated Version Number.

    Measure Section: eMeasure Version number

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated Copyright.

    Measure Section: Copyright

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Changed the Measure Type from Process to Intermediate Clinical Outcome to more accurately reflect the type of measure.

    Measure Section: Measure Type

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated the Denominator Exclusioninfo-icon statement for patients in hospice care to better align with the logic.

    Measure Section: Denominator Exclusionsinfo-icon

    Source of Change: JIRAinfo-icon (CQMinfo-icon-2815)

Logic

  • Replaced 'Discharge status' attribute with 'Admission Source' and 'Discharge Disposition' attributes for 'Encounter, Performed' and 'Encounter, Active' datatypes to align with QDMinfo-icon 5.3 changes.

    Measure Section: Denominator Exclusions

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Added supplemental timing attributes to most datatypes in QDM 5.3 to facilitate accurate retrieval of time related information within CQLinfo-icon logic. Timing attributes now include a time interval, such as prevalence period or relevant period, and/or actual time of documentation with Author Datetime. Relevant period is the general method to describe start and stop times for datatypes. Prevalence period is used for some datatypes to more accurately define onset and abatement times.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Assigned cardinality to each attribute to be more explicit in guiding specificationinfo-icon and implementation of QDM data elements. Cardinality refers to the number of instances of the attribute that can be included in the measure description. Cardinality for most attributes is 0.. 1 (i.e., can occur up to 1 time), but some attributes have a cardinality of 0.. * (i.e., can occur multiple times).

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • CQL libraries contain sets of CQL definitions, or CQL expression statements. A context statement, patient or population, can now be used in a CQL library to clearly establish how the subsequent list of CQL expressions will be interpreted. A 'Population' context will interpret the CQL expression with reference to the entire population of the item being counted, patients or encounters. A 'Patient' context will interpret the CQL expression with reference to a single patient. Context statements are not required, but one or more context statements may be used within a library to help clarify how the CQL expressions will be interpreted. Patient context is the default if none is specified.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Removed the 'Face-To-Face Interaction' data element and added relevant SNOMED codes to the Encounter Grouping value setsinfo-icon to better align between the SNOMED and CPT encounter codes.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Replaced measure-defined definitions with similar definitions and functions from CQL shared libraries for consistency across measures.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated measure logic from Quality Data Model (QDM)-based logic to Clinical Quality Language (CQL)-based logic. Information on CQL can be found at the eCQI Resource centerinfo-icon (https://ecqi.healthit.gov/cql). Information about specific versions of the new standards in use for CMS reporting periods can be found at the eCQI Resource Center (https://ecqi.healthit.gov/ecqm-tools-key-resources). Switching from QDM to CQL brings with it many changes, as well as enhanced expression capability, but only those changes with significant impact will be outlined in technical release notes. For example, in the case of timing operators, changes may only be summarized if those changes impact the measure calculation.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

Value Setinfo-icon

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

  • Value set Office Visit (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1001): Added SNOMEDCT extensional value set (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.11.1264) including 7 codes.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Home Healthcare Services (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1016): Added SNOMEDCT extensional value set (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.11.1265) including 11 codes.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Pregnancy (2.16.840.1.113883.3.526.3.378): Deleted 11 ICD10CM codes (O00.1, O00.10, O00.11, O00.2, O00.20, O00.21, O00.8, O00.9, O33.7, O34.21, Z36).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Payer (2.16.840.1.114222.4.11.3591): Added 11 SOP codes (299, 32127, 32128, 391, 517, 524, 614, 621, 622, 623, 629) and deleted 3 SOP codes (63, 64, 69).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Kidney Transplant Recipient (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.109.12.1029): Added Kidney Transplant Recipient.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Face-to-Face Interaction (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1048): Removed Face-to-Face Interaction.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Replaced LOINC single code value sets with direct referenced codes. A direct referenced code is a single concept code that is used to describe a clinical element directly within the logic. The use of direct referenced codes replaces the need for single code value sets. Measures using other code systems in single value sets may optionally transition to direct referenced codes.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Replaced SNOMEDCT single code value sets with direct referenced codes. A direct referenced code is a single concept code that is used to describe a clinical element directly within the logic. The use of direct referenced codes replaces the need for single code value sets. Measures using other code systems in single value sets may optionally transition to direct referenced codes.

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Value set Vascular Access for Dialysis (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.109.12.1011): Added 2 SNOMEDCT codes (736919006, 736922008).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: 2019 Addendum

  • Value set Kidney Transplant (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.109.12.1012): Added 35 SNOMEDCT codes and deleted 8 SNOMEDCT codes (175899003, 175901007, 175902000, 236138007, 313030004, 52213001, 88930008, 70536003). Added 2 CPT codes (50300, 50320).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: 2019 Addendum

  • Value set Payer (2.16.840.1.114222.4.11.3591): Deleted 1 SOP code (24).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: 2019 Addendum

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