Last updated: May 18, 2016
|CMS Measure ID:||CMS156v3|
Percentage of patients 66 years of age and older who were ordered high-risk medications. Two rates are reported.
|Initial Patient Population:||
Patients 66 years and older who had a visit during the measurement period
Equals initial patient population
Numerator 1: Patients with an order for at least one high-risk medication during the measurement period.
Numerator 2: Patients with an order for at least two different high-risk medications during the measurement period.
|Measure Steward:||National Committee for Quality Assurance|
|National Quality Strategy Domain:||Patient Safety|
|Next Version:||Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly|
Lower score indicates better quality
The intent of Numerator 1 of the measure is to assess if the patient has been prescribed at least one high-risk medication. The intent of Numerator 2 of the measure is to assess if the patient has been prescribed at least two different high-risk medications.
CUMULATIVE MEDICATION DURATION is an individual’s total number of medication days over a specific period; the period counts multiple prescriptions with gaps in between, but does not count the gaps during which a medication was not dispensed.
To determine the cumulative medication duration, determine first the number of the Medication Days for each prescription in the period: the number of doses divided by the dose frequency per day. Then add the Medication Days for each prescription without counting any days between the prescriptions.
For example, there is an original prescription for 30 days with 2 refills for thirty days each. After a gap of 3 months, the medication was prescribed again for 60 days with 1 refill for 60 days. The cumulative medication duration is (30 x 3) + (60 x 2) = 210 days over the 10 month period.