Definition: Percentage of patients aged 18-85 years of age with a diagnosis of hypertension whose blood pressure improved during the measurement period.
References: CMS 065
Denominator: All patients aged 18-85 years of age, who had at least one outpatient visit in the first six months of the measurement year, who have a diagnosis of essential hypertension documented during that outpatient visit, and who have uncontrolled baseline blood pressure at the time of that visit
Denominator Exclusions: Exclude from the denominator all patients with evidence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on or prior to December 31 of the measurement year. Documentation of dialysis or kidney transplant also meets the criteria for evidence of ESRD.
Exclude from the denominator all patients with a diagnosis of pregnancy during the measurement year.
Numerator: Patients whose follow-up blood pressure is at least 10 mmHg less than their baseline blood pressure or is adequately controlled.
If a follow-up blood pressure reading is not recorded during the measurement year, the patient's blood pressure is assumed "not improved."