#439: Age Appropriate Screening Colonoscopy

Quality ID

439

High Priority Measure

Yes

Specifications

Registry

Measure Type

Efficiency

Specialty

Gastroenterology

Measure Description

The percentage of patients greater than 85 years of age who received a screening colonoscopy from January 1 to December 31

 

Instructions

This measure is to be submitted each time a colonoscopy is performed for all patients during the performance period. There is no diagnosis associated with this measure. This measure may be submitted by eligible clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

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

Colonoscopy examinations performed on patients greater than 85 years of age during the encounter period

Denominator Instructions: Eligible clinicians who indicate that the colonoscopy procedure is incomplete or was discontinued should use the procedure number and the addition (as appropriate) of modifier 52, 53, 73, or 74. Patients who have a coded colonoscopy procedure that has a modifier 52, 53, 73, or 74 will not qualify for inclusion in this measure.

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):

All patients greater than 85 years of age on date on encounter receiving a colonoscopy for screening purposes only

AND

Patient encounter during the performance period (CPT or HCPCS): 45378, 45380, 45381, 45384, 45385, G0121

WITHOUT

Modifier: 52, 53, 73, or 74

 

Numerator

All patients greater than 85 years of age included in the denominator who did NOT have a history of colorectal cancer or a valid medical reason for the colonoscopy, including: iron deficiency anemia, lower gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn’s Disease (i.e. regional enteritis), familial adenomatous polyposis, Lynch Syndrome (i.e., hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer), inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, abnormal findings of gastrointestinal tract, or changes in bowel habits. Colonoscopy examinations performed for screening purposes only

Numerator Instructions:

INVERSE MEASURE - A lower calculated performance rate for this measure indicates better clinical care or control. The “Performance Not Met” numerator option for this measure is the representation of the better clinical quality or control. Submitting that numerator option will produce a performance rate that trends closer to 0%, as quality increases. For inverse measures, a rate of 100% means all of the denominator eligible patients did not receive the appropriate care or were not in proper control.

Numerator Options:

Performance Met: Patients greater than 85 years of age who did not have a history of colorectal cancer or valid medical reason for the colonoscopy, including: iron deficiency anemia, lower gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn’s Disease (i.e., regional enteritis), familial adenomatous polyposis, Lynch Syndrome (i.e., hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer), inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, abnormal finding of gastrointestinal tract, or changes in bowel habits (G9659)

OR

Performance Not Met: Documentation of medical reason(s) for a colonoscopy performed on a patient greater than 85 years of age (e.g., last colonoscopy incomplete, last colonoscopy had inadequate prep, iron deficiency anemia, lower gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn’s Disease (i.e., regional enteritis), familial history of adenomatous polyposis, Lynch Syndrome (i.e., hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer), inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, abnormal finding of gastrointestinal tract, or changes in bowel habits) (G9660)

OR

Performance Not Met: Patients greater than 85 years of age who received a routine colonoscopy for a reason other than the following: an assessment of signs/symptoms of GI tract illness, and/or the patient is considered high risk, and/or to follow-up on previously diagnoses advance lesions (G9661)

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