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Children Who Have Dental Decay or Cavities

Percentage of children, age 0-20 years, who have had tooth decay or cavities during the measurement period.


Denominator:    Children, 0-20 years, with a visit during the measurement period.

  • Patient’s age is calculated based on the patient’s Date of Birth, which is entered when you created the patient’s account.

Denominator Exceptions:      None

Denominator Exclusions:     Exclude patients who were in hospice care during the measurement year.


Numerator:  Children who had cavities or decayed teeth.

  • The diagnosis of Tooth Decay or Cavities is entered in the patient’s Problem List.  See Add Problem to Patient’s Chart.
  • Make sure to add a Start Date to the problem.

Numerator Exceptions:     None

Numerator Exclusions:     Not Applicable 

Note:     Inverse measure. A lower score indicates better quality.

Office Visit Documentation:

  • Create a Note detailing the patient’s office visit.  See Create a Note.
  • Make sure to include an E&M code under “Procedure Codes” on the Superbill.  See Create a Superbill.
  • Sign the Note.  See Sign Notes.  Once the note is signed, the measure will be added to the Quality Report

Quality ID #378

Measure type:     Outcome

High Priority Measure:     Yes

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