Definition: Adult patients age 18 and older with major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score > 9 who demonstrate remission at twelve months defined as PHQ-9 score less than 5. This measure applies to both patients with newly diagnosed and existing depression whose current PHQ-9 score indicates a need for treatment

References: CMS159, NQF 0710, PQRS 370


Denominator: Adults age 18 and older with a diagnosis of major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score greater than nine during an outpatient encounter.

Denominator Exclusions:

  • Patients who died 
  • Patients who received hospice or palliative care services 
  • Patients who were permanent nursing home residents 
  • Patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 
  • Patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder

Numerator: Adults who achieved remission at twelve months as demonstrated by a twelve month (+/- 30 days) PHQ-9 score of less than five


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