Definition: Patients age 18 and older with the diagnosis of major depression or dysthymia who have a Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) tool administered at least once during a 4-month period in which there was a qualifying visit

References: CMS160, NQF 0712, PQRS 371


Denominator: Patients age 18 and older with an office visit and the diagnosis of major depression or dysthymia during the four month period

Denominator Exclusions: 

1: Patients who died
2: Patients who received hospice or palliative care services
3: Patients who were permanent nursing home residents
4: Patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
5: Patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder

Numerator: Patients who have a PHQ-9 tool administered at least once during the four-month period


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