American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Audiology Quality Measure #1

Title

Referral for Otologic Evaluation for Patients with Congenital or Traumatic Deformity of the Ear

This is measure #188 on the CMS website. (Select "Physician Quality Reporting System Measure List and Implementation Guide" for the current year in the "Downloads" section.)

Description

Percentage of patients aged birth and older referred to a physician (preferably a physician with training in disorders of the ear) for an otologic evaluation subsequent to an audiologic evaluation after presenting with a congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear.

Instructions

This measure is to be reported a minimum of once per reporting period for all patients seen during the reporting period who present with congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear. This measure is intended to ensure that patients with congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear receive a referral in order to facilitate appropriate care and follow-up. This measure may be reported by clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

Numerator

Patients referred to a physician (preferably a physician with training in disorders of the ear) for an otologic evaluation subsequent to an audiologic evaluation who present with congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear.

Denominator

Patients aged birth and older who present with congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear.

Denominator Exclusions

Patients not eligible for the "Referral for Otologic Evaluation for Patients with Congenital or Traumatic Deformity of the Ear" measure (e.g. Patients for whom an assessment of the congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear has been performed by a physician within the past 6 months; patients who are already under the care of a physician for congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear.)

Applicable Care Settings

Private practice and group practice settings.

Eligible Providers

Audiologists enrolled in Medicare Part B as a private practitioner.

Contact Information

Lisa Satterfield
Director, Health Care Regulatory Advocacy
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
lsatterfield@asha.org

Paul K. Farrell
Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
pfarrell@asha.org

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