NQF 0047 - (Additional) Asthma Pharmacologic Therapy

Measure: NQF 0047

Measurement Title: Asthma Pharmacologic Therapy

Measure Description:  Percentage of patients aged 5 through 40 years with a diagnosis of mild, moderate, or severe persistent asthma who were prescribed either the preferred longterm control medication (inhaled corticosteroid) or an acceptable alternative treatment.

*REQUIRED FOR MEANINGFUL USE (MU) ADDITIONAL QM MEASURE: Click here to view Meaningful Use Criteria.

Quality Measure Documentation Workflow

In order for the Clinical Quality Measure report to generate, the following must be documented in the relevant patient's chart:

1.  The patient must be between the ages of 5 and 40 and have at least one face-to-face SOAPnote during the reporting period.

2.  Documentation that the patient had a diagnosis of mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma.  This should be documented using the shortcut code "AstQM" in the SOAPnote Plan field and by selected the following Code: 1038F.

3.  In addition, the patient should have documentation if they were prescribed either the preferred long-term control medication (inhaled corticosteroid) or an acceptable alternative treatment.  This should be documented using the shortcut code "AstQM" in the SOAPnote Plan field and by entering the following Code: 4015F.

Measurement Calculation Details

Numerator Calculation:

The numerator for this measurement is calculated based on the following:

1.  The number of patient in the denominator that have documentation of a diagnosis of mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma. This should be documented by inserting the following code into the SOAPnote Plan field: 1038F.

Denominator Calculation:

The denominator for this measurement is calculated based on the following:

1.  The number of patients between the ages of 5 and 40 who have at least one face-to-face SOAPnote during the reporting period.

2.  And the number of patients who have documentation that they were prescribed either the preferred long-term control medication (inhaled corticosteroid) or an acceptable alternative treatment.  This can be accomplished by the documentation of the following code in the SOAPnote Plan field: 4015F.

Report Clinical Quality Measures to CMS/State

All of the items listed in the above steps need to be documented as structured data (as detailed above) in order to allow the user to capture the numerator, denominator and percentage for this quality measure.  

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