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Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly

Updated: 10/24/2019
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Percentage of patients 65 years of age and older who were ordered high-risk medications.  Two rates are reported:

  1. Percentage of patients who were ordered at least one high-risk medication
  2. Percentage of patients who were ordered at least two different high-risk medications

Note: Inverse measure.  A lower performance rate for this measure indicates better clinical care or quality.

Denominator: All patients aged 65 years and older who had 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 Exclusions:
  • Exclude patients whose hospice care overlaps the measurement period.
Numerator 1: Patients who were ordered at least one high-risk medication during the measurement period.
  • High risk medications are prescribed under Medications.
Numerator 2: Patients with at least two orders for the same high-risk medications during the measurement period.
  • High risk medications are prescribed under Medications.
Office Visit Documentation:

Once all steps have been completed, the measure will be added to the Quality Report.

Quality ID: 238
CMS Measure ID: CMS156
Measure type: Process
High Priority Measure: Yes