#068: Hematology: Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS): Documentation of Iron Stores in Patients Receiving Erythropoietin Therapy

Quality ID

068

NQF

0378

High Priority Measure

No

Specifications

Registry

Measure Type

Process

Specialty

N/A

Measure description

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who are receiving erythropoietin therapy with documentation of iron stores within 60 days prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy

 

Instructions

This measure is to be submitted a minimum of once per performance period for all myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients seen during the performance period, regardless of when erythropoietin therapy is initiated; the quality action being measured is that iron stores were documented for each MDS patient receiving erythropoietin therapy within 60 days of starting erythropoietin therapy, regardless of how far back the erythropoietin therapy initiated. It is anticipated that eligible clinicians who provide services for patients with the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes will submit this measure.

Measure Submission:

The listed denominator criteria is used to identify the intended patient population. The numerator options included in this specification are used to submit the quality actions allowed by the measure. The quality-data codes listed do not need to be submitted for registry submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those registries that utilize claims data.

 

Denominator

All patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who are receiving erythropoietin therapy

DENOMINATOR NOTE: *Signifies that this CPT Category I code is a non-covered service under the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). These non-covered services should be counted in the denominator population for registry-based measures

Definition:

Erythropoietin Therapy – Includes the following medications: epoetin and darbepoetin for the purpose of this measure.

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):

Patients aged ≥ 18 years on date of encounter

AND

Diagnosis for MDS (ICD-10-CM): D46.0, D46.1, D46.20, D46.21, D46.22, D46.4, D46.9, D46.A, D46.B, D46.C, D46.Z

AND

Patient encounter during the performance period (CPT): 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99241*, 99242*, 99243*, 99244*, 99245*

WITHOUT

Telehealth Modifier: GQ, GT, 95, POS 02

AND

Patient receiving erythropoietin therapy: 4090F

 

Numerator

Patients with documentation of iron stores within 60 days prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy

NUMERATOR NOTE: Denominator Exception(s) are determined during the 60 days prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy.

Definition:

Documentation of Iron Stores – Includes either: 1) bone marrow examination including iron stain OR 2) serum iron measurement including ferritin, serum iron and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC).

Numerator Options:

Performance Met: Documentation of iron stores prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy (3160F)

OR

Denominator Exception: Documentation of system reason(s) for not documenting iron stores prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy (3160F with 3P)

OR

Performance Not Met: Iron stores prior to initiating erythropoietin therapy not documented, reason not otherwise specified (3160F with 8P)

 

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