Last updated: May 18, 2016
|CMS Measure ID:||CMS166v4|
Percentage of patients 18-50 years of age with a diagnosis of low back pain who did not have an imaging study (plain X-ray, MRI, CT scan) within 28 days of the diagnosis.
|Initial Patient Population:||
Patients 18-50 years of age with a diagnosis of low back pain during an outpatient or emergency department visit
Equals Initial Patient Population
Patients without an imaging study conducted on the date of the outpatient or emergency department visit or in the 28 days following the outpatient or emergency department visit
|Measure Steward:||National Committee for Quality Assurance|
|National Quality Strategy Domain:||Efficiency and Cost Reduction Use of Healthcare Resources|
|Next Version:||Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain|
Higher score indicates better quality
The outpatient or emergency department visit in the Initial Patient Population needs to occur during the first 337 days of the measurement period (337 days allows 28 days for the numerator event). This visit must be the first visit for low back pain during the measurement period.