Cataracts: Complications within 30 Days Following Cataract Surgery Requiring Additional Surgical Procedures

Last updated: May 18, 2016

CMS Measure ID: CMS132v3
Version: 3
NQF Number: 0564
Measure Description:

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of uncomplicated cataract who had cataract surgery and had any of a specified list of surgical procedures in the 30 days following cataract surgery which would indicate the occurrence of any of the following major complications: retained nuclear fragments, endophthalmitis, dislocated or wrong power IOL, retinal detachment, or wound dehiscence

Initial Patient Population:

All patients aged 18 years and older who had cataract surgery and no significant ocular conditions impacting the surgical complication rate

Denominator Statement:

Equals Initial Patient Population

Denominator Exclusions:

Patients with any one of a specified list of significant ocular conditions that impact the surgical complication rate

Numerator Statement:

Patients who had one or more specified operative procedures for any of the following major complications within 30 days following cataract surgery: retained nuclear fragments, endophthalmitis, dislocated or wrong power IOL, retinal detachment, or wound dehiscence

Numerator Exclusions:

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions:

None

Measure Steward: American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement(R) (AMA-PCPI)
National Quality Strategy Domain: Patient Safety
Next Version: Cataracts: Complications within 30 Days Following Cataract Surgery Requiring Additional Surgical Procedures
Measure Score: Proportion
Score Type: Outcome
Improvement Notation:

Lower score indicates better quality

Guidance:

This is an episode-based measure, meaning there may be more than one reportable event for a given patient during the measurement period.

The level of analysis for this measure is each cataract surgery during the measurement period. Every cataract surgery during the measurement period should be counted as a measurable denominator event for the measure calculation.

The measure, as written, does not specifically require documentation of laterality. Coding limitations in particular clinical terminologies do not currently allow for that level of specificity (ICD-10-CM includes laterality, but ICD-9-CM and SNOMED-CT do not uniformly include this distinction). Therefore, at this time, it is not a requirement of this measure to indicate laterality of the diagnoses, findings or procedures. Available coding to capture the data elements specified in this measure has been provided. It is assumed that the eligible professional will record laterality in the patient medical record, as quality care and clinical documentation should include laterality.

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