CMS Measure ID: #324
Collection Type: CQM
Reporting Frequency: Once per episode of treatment
High Priority: Yes
NQS Domain: Efficiency and Cost Reduction
Measure Age: > 2 years
This measure is to be submitted once per procedure of cardiac stress imaging (i.e., SPECT, MPI, ECHO, CCTA, and CMR) for patients seen during the performance period. There is no diagnosis associated with this measure. It is anticipated that eligible clinicians who provide the professional component of diagnostic imaging studies for cardiac stress will submit this measure.
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 all stress single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), stress echocardiogram (ECHO), cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA), and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) performed in asymptomatic, low coronary heart disease (CHD) risk patients 18 years and older for initial detection and risk assessment
2023 Benchmarks (from 2021 CMS data)
Topped out: No
Capped at 7: No
Decile 0: 50.01 – 100
Decile 1: 0.01 – 50
Decile 10: 0 – 0
All instances of stress single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), stress echocardiogram (ECHO), cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA), or cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) performed on patients aged 18 years and older during the performance period
Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):
Patients aged ≥ 18 years on date of encounter
Cardiac Stress Imaging Performed – Procedure Codes (CPT): 75559, 75563, 75571, 75572, 75573, 75574, 78451, 78452, 78453, 78454, 78491, 78492, 78494, 93350, 93351
Telehealth Modifier (including but not limited to): GQ, GT, 95, POS 02
Number of stress SPECT MPI, stress echo, CCTA, or CMR primarily performed for asymptomatic, low CHD risk patients for initial detection and risk assessment
Low CHD risk – clinicians should consider the maximum number of available patient factors used to estimate risk based on Framingham (ATP III criteria), typically age, gender, diabetes, smoking status, and use of blood pressure medication, and integrate age appropriate estimates for missing elements, such as LDL or standard blood pressure.
INVERSE MEASURE – A lower calculated performance rate for this measure indicates better clinical care or control. The “Performance Not Met” numerator option for this measure is the representation of the better clinical quality or control. Submitting that numerator option will produce a performance rate that trends closer to 0%, as quality increases. For inverse measures a rate of 100% means all of the denominator eligible patients did not receive the appropriate care or were not in proper control.
NUMERATOR NOTE: A lower calculated performance rate for this measure indicates better clinical care or control. This measure is assessing overuse of cardiac stress imaging in low-risk CHD patients. Clinical quality outcome is cardiac stress imaging NOT performed on patient who is asymptomatic or low CHD risk.
Cardiac Stress Imaging Test primarily performed on low CHD risk patient for initial detection and risk assessment (G8965)
Performance Not Met:
Cardiac Stress Imaging Test performed on symptomatic or higher than low CHD risk patient or for any reason other than initial detection and risk assessment (G8966)