#464: Otitis Media with Effusion: Systemic Antimicrobials - Avoidance of Inappropriate Use

Quality ID




High Priority Measure




Measure Type



Family Medicine Infectious Disease Otolaryngology Pediatrics

Measure description

Percentage of patients aged 2 months through 12 years with a diagnosis of OME who were not prescribed systemic antimicrobials



This measure is to be submitted once for each occurrence of otitis media with effusion (OME) in children seen during the performance period. Each unique occurrence is defined as a 90-day period from onset of OME. If multiple occurrences are documented within a 90-day period, eligible clinicians should submit one instance.

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-based submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those registries that utilize claims data.



All patients aged 2 months through 12 years with a diagnosis of OME

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.

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):
Patients aged 2 months through 12 years on the date of the encounter


Diagnosis for OME (ICD-10-CM): H65.90, H65.91, H65.92, H65.93, H65.111, H65.112, H65.113, H65.114, H65.115, H65.116, H65.117, H65.119, H65.191, H65.192, H65.193, H65.194, H65.195, H65.196, H65.197, H65.199, H65.411, H65.412, H65.413, H65.419, H65.491, H65.492, H65.493, H65.499


Patient encounter during the performance period (CPT): 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99241, 99242, 99243, 99244, 99245, 99381*, 99382*, 99383*, 99384*, 99391*, 99392*, 99393*, 99394*


Telehealth Modifier: GQ, GT, 95, POS 02



Patients who were not prescribed systemic antimicrobials

Numerator Instructions: For performance, the measure will be calculated as the number of patients for whom systemic antimicrobials were neither prescribed nor recommended over the number of patients in the denominator (patients aged 2 months through 12 years with a diagnosis of OME). A higher score indicates appropriate treatment of patients with OME (e.g., the proportion for whom systemic antimicrobials were not prescribed).

Numerator Options:

Performance Met: Systemic antimicrobials not prescribed (G9959)


Denominator Exception: Documentation of medical reason(s) for prescribing systemic antimicrobials (G9960)


Performance Not Met: Systemic antimicrobials prescribed (G9961)


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