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Preventive Care & Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan

Percentage of patients aged 12 years and older screened for depression on the date of the encounter using an age appropriate standardized depression screening tool AND if positive, a follow-up plan is documented on the date of the positive screen

 

Denominator:    All patients aged 12 years and older.

  • 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

  • If Depression or Bipolar is documented in the Problem List, with a Start Date, these patients will be excluded from the denominator

 

Numerator:  Patients screened for clinical depression on the date of the encounter using an age appropriate standardized tool AND, if positive, a follow-up plan is documented on the date of the positive screen.

  • Depression Screening & Follow-up (Age 18+): Standardized adolescent screening tool used is documented under Care Checklist on the date that it was discussed with the patient which should be the date of the note.
  • Indicate Positive Screening or Negative Screening in the dropdown box. 
  • If positive screening, Depression Screening & Follow-up (Age 18+): Positive screening, follow-up plan provided is documented under Care Checklist on the date that it was discussed with the patient which should be the date of the note.

 

Numerator Exclusions:

  • If there was a Medical Reason for not completing the screening, please indicate on the Exclusion Section.  See How to document an exclusion.

 

Office Visit Documentation:

  • Create a Note detailing the patient’s office visits.  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.
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