NQF 0018 (Additional): Controlling High Blood Pressure

Measure Title: Controlling High Blood Pressure

Measure Description: The percentage of patients 18-85 years of age who had a diagnosis of hypertension and whose BP was adequately controlled during the measurement year.

CMS Reference Document

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

1. Patient must be between the ages of 18-85 at the start of the reporting period and have at least one face to face encounter with the provider during the reporting period.

2. Patient must have documentation of a diagnosis of hypertension in the Active diagnosis list using one of the following ICD9 codes: 401, 401.0, 401.1, or 401.9.

3. Patient must have documentation of a blood pressure reading that was adequately controlled during the measurement year. To document this, the patient must have a blood pressure reading < 140/90 recorded as their last BP reading in the Vital Signs chart section.

Measurement Calculation Details

Denominator Calculation:

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

1. The number of patients ages 18-85 with at least one face to face encounter during the reporting period;

2. And has a diagnosis in the Active diagnosis list using one of the following ICD9 codes: 401, 401.0, 401.1, or 401.9.

Numerator Calculation:

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

1. The number of patients ages 18-85 with at least one face to face encounter during the reporting period;

2. And have a blood pressure reading < 140/90 recorded as their last blood pressure reading in the Vital Signs chart section.