2023 # 336 Maternity Care: Postpartum Follow-Up and Care Coordination

CMS Measure ID: #336

Collection Type: CQM

Reporting Frequency: Once per patient per year

Outcome: No

High Priority: Yes

NQS Domain: Communication and Care Coordination

Measure Age: > 2 years

Instructions

This measure is to be submitted a minimum of once per performance period for all patients seen for postpartum care before or at 8 weeks of giving birth 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 based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

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 submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those registries that utilize claims data.

Description

Percentage of patients, regardless of age, who gave birth during a 12-month period who were seen for postpartum care before or at 12 weeks of giving birth and received the following at a postpartum visit: breast-feeding evaluation and education, postpartum depression screening, postpartum glucose screening for gestational diabetes patients, family and contraceptive planning counseling, tobacco use screening and cessation education, healthy lifestyle behavioral advice, and an immunization review and update

Denominator

All patients, regardless of age, who gave birth during a 12-month period and were seen for postpartum care at a visit before or at 12 weeks of giving birth

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):

All patients, regardless of age

AND

Patient procedure during performance period (CPT): 59400, 59410, 59430, 59510, 59515, 59610, 59614, 59618, 59622

WITHOUT

Telehealth Modifier (including but not limited to):
GQ, GT, 95, POS 02

AND

Postpartum care visit before or at 12 weeks of giving birth

Numerator

Patients receiving the following at a postpartum visit:

  • Breast-feeding evaluation and education, including patient-reported breast-feeding
  • Postpartum depression screening
  • Postpartum glucose screening for gestational diabetes patients
  • Family and contraceptive planning counseling
  • Tobacco use screening and cessation education
  • Healthy lifestyle behavioral advice
  • Immunization review and update

Definitions:

Breast-Feeding Evaluation and Education – Patients who were evaluated for and educated about breast-feeding before or at 12 weeks postpartum.

Postpartum Depression Screening – Patients who were screened for postpartum depression before or at 12 weeks postpartum. Questions may be asked either directly by a health care provider or in the form of selfcompleted paper- or computer-administered questionnaires, and results should be documented in the medical record. Depression screening should include a self-reported validated depression screening tool (e.g., PHQ-2, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory for Primary Care, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)).

Postpartum Glucose Screening for Gestational Diabetes – Patients who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy and were screened with a glucose screen before or at 12 weeks postpartum.

Family and Contraceptive Planning Counseling – Patients who were provided family and contraceptive planning counseling (including contraception, if necessary) before or at 12 weeks postpartum.

Tobacco Use Screening and Cessation Education: Patients who were screened for tobacco use before or at 12 weeks postpartum. Patients who used any type of tobacco who were given brief counseling (3 minutes or less) and/or pharmacotherapy.

Healthy Lifestyle Behavioral Advice: Clinicians should use discretion to determine which patients they deem appropriate for healthy lifestyle counseling. Clinicians may take into account the number of weeks that have passed since childbirth, whether the mother is breast-feeding, the degree to which the mother’s body mass index (BMI) exceeds the normal range, whether postpartum depression is present, and the mother’s own feelings and perceptions of her body weight. Counseling should include suggestions around healthy eating and staying active. If deemed necessary by the clinician, the conversation about healthy lifestyle choices could include a follow-up plan, including a referral to a specialist such as a registered dietitian nutritionist, primary care provider, or mental health professional for lifestyle/behavioral therapy, pharmacological interventions, dietary supplements, exercise counseling or nutrition counseling.

Immunization Review and Update: Patients whose immunization records were reviewed and who were provided with indicated immunizations, including completing series initiated antepartum or postpartum, at or before 12 weeks postpartum.

Numerator Instructions:
To satisfactorily meet the numerator ALL components (breast-feeding evaluation and education, postpartum depression screening, postpartum glucose screening for patients with gestational diabetes, family and contraceptive planning counseling, tobacco use screening and cessation education, healthy lifestyle behavioral advice, and immunization review and update) must be performed according to the definitions provided above.

NUMERATOR OPTIONS:

Performance Met:

Postpartum screenings, evaluations and education performed (G9357)

OR

Performance Not Met:

Postpartum screenings, evaluations and education not performed (G9358)


Tags

CQM-2023