New Behavioral Health Measures Endorsed

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) has previously endorsed performance measures related to behavioral health, specifically focused on mental health and substance abuse. NQF recently approved 10 new measures which are applicable to all care delivery settings – including primary and specialty care.

Behavioral Health and Chronic Care measures:

  • 0027: Medical Assistance With Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation (NCQA)
    • Advising Smokers and Tobacco Users to Quit
    • Discussing Cessation Medications
    • Discussing Cessation Strategies
  • 0028: Preventive Care & Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening & Cessation Intervention (AMA-PCPI)
  • 1932: Diabetes screening for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who are prescribed antipsychotic medications (SSD) (NCQA)
  • 1934: Diabetes monitoring for people with diabetes and schizophrenia (NCQA)
  • 1927: Cardiovascular health screening for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who are prescribed antipsychotic medications (NCQA)
  • 1933: Cardiovascular health monitoring for people with cardiovascular disease and schizophrenia (SMC) (NCQA)

Behavioral Health Measures:

  • 0004: Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment (NCQA)
  • 1879: Adherence to Antipsychotic Medications for Individuals with Schizophrenia (CMS)
  • 1937: Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Schizophrenia (7- and 30-day) (NCQA)
  • 0576: Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness (NCQA)

Consider these quality measures as options for benchmarks at your organization or an organization in your patient centered medical neighborhood. If your organization already reports on a similar measure, compare the measure itself and your outcomes against these newly endorsed quality measures.

NQF Behavioral Health Measures

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