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2023 # 006 Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Antiplatelet Therapy


CMS Measure ID: #6

Collection Type: CQM

Reporting Frequency: Once per patient per year

Outcome: No

High Priority: No

NQS Domain: Effective Clinical Care

Measure Age: > 2 years


This measure is to be submitted a minimum of once per performance period for all patients with CAD seen during the performance period. This measure may be submitted by Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure for the primary management of patients with CAD based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

NOTE: Patient encounters for this measure conducted via telehealth (e.g., encounters coded with GQ, GT, 95, or POS 02 modifiers) are allowable.

Measure Submission Type:
The listed denominator criteria are used to identify the intended patient population. The numerator options included in this specification are used to submit the quality actions as allowed by the measure. The quality-data codes listed do not need to be submitted for registry-based submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those registries that utilize claims data.


Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) seen within a 12-month period who were prescribed aspirin or clopidogrel

2023 Benchmarks (from 2021 CMS data)


Topped out: No
Capped at 7: No

Decile 0: 0 – 41.66
Decile 1: 41.67 – 70.82
Minimum: 70.83 – 77.7
Decile 3: 77.71 – 83.01
Decile 4: 83.02 – 86.79
Decile 5: 86.8 – 90.39
Decile 6: 90.4 – 93.65
Decile 7: 93.66 – 97.03
Decile 8: 97.04 – 99.99
Decile 10: 100 – 100


All patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of CAD seen within a 12-month period

DENOMINATOR NOTE: *Signifies that this CPT Category I code is a non-covered service under the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). These non-covered services should be counted in the denominator population for MIPS CQMs.

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):

Patients aged ≥ 18 years on date of encounter


Diagnosis for coronary artery disease (ICD-10-CM): I20.0, I20.1, I20.2, I20.8, I20.9, I21.01, I21.02, I21.09, I21.11, I21.19, I21.21, I21.29, I21.3, I21.4, I21.9, I21.A9, I22.0, I22.1, I22.2, I22.8, I22.9, I24.0, I24.8, I24.9, I25.10, I25.110, I25.111, I25.112, I25.118, I25.119, I25.2, I25.5, I25.6, I25.700, I25.701, I25.702, I25.708, I25.709, I25.710, I25.711, I25.712, I25.718, I25.719, I25.720, I25.721, I25.722, I25.728, I25.729, I25.730, I25.731, I25.732, I25.738, I25.739, I25.750, I25.751, I25.752, I25.758, I25.759, I25.760, I25.761, I25.762, I25.768, I25.769, I25.790, I25.791, I25.792, I25.798, I25.799, I25.810, I25.811, I25.812, I25.82, I25.83, I25.84, I25.89, I25.9, Z95.1, Z95.5, Z98.61


Patient encounter during the performance period (CPT): 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99242*, 99243*, 99244*, 99245*, 99304, 99305, 99306, 99307, 99308, 99309, 99310, 99315, 99316, 99341, 99342, 99344, 99345, 99347, 99348, 99349, 99350, 99424, 99426


Patients who were prescribed aspirin or clopidogrel


Prescribed – May include prescription given to the patient for aspirin or clopidogrel at one or more visits in the measurement period OR patient already taking aspirin or clopidogrel as documented in current medication list.

Numerator Options:

Performance Met: Aspirin or clopidogrel prescribed or currently being taken (4086F)


Denominator Exception: Documentation of medical reason(s) for not prescribing aspirin or clopidogrel (e.g., allergy, intolerance, receiving other thienopyridine therapy, receiving warfarin therapy, bleeding coagulation disorders, other medical reasons) (4086F with 1P)


Denominator Exception: Documentation of patient reason(s) for not prescribing aspirin or clopidogrel (e.g., patient declined, other patient reasons) (4086F with 2P)


Denominator Exception: Documentation of system reason(s) for not prescribing aspirin or clopidogrel (e.g., lack of drug availability, other reasons attributable to the health care system) (4086F with 3P)


Performance Not Met: Aspirin or clopidogrel was not prescribed, reason not otherwise specified (4086F with 8P)

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