Description-The percentage of COPD exacerbations for members 40 years of age and older who had an acute inpatient discharge or ED visit on or between January 1–November 30 of the measurement year and who were dispensed appropriate medications. Two rates are reported:

            1. Dispensed a systemic corticosteroid (or there was evidence of an active prescription) within 14 days of the event.

            2. Dispensed a bronchodilator (or there was evidence of an active prescription) within 30 days of the event


References- PCE


Denominator-The eligible population.  (40 years or older as of January 1 of the measurement year.)

Denominator Exclusions or Exceptions (when applicable)-None


Numerator-

          -Systemic corticosteroid- Dispensed prescription for systemic corticosteroid (Table PCE-C) on or 14 days after the Episode Date. Count systemic corticosteroids          that are active on the relevant date.

         -Bronchodilator Dispensed prescription for a bronchodilator (Table PCE-D) on or 30 days after the Episode Date. Count bronchodilators that are active on the             relevant date.