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HEDIS Measure for Controlling High Blood Pressure

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)® 2022 Update

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HEDIS-Measure-for-Controlling-High-Blood-Pressure.pdf

 

 

Summary

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) updated its technical specifications for health care’s most widely used performance improvement tool, the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) for 2022:

  • The blood pressure performance measure was revised to reflect a new blood pressure target of <140/90 mmHg for adults age 18–85 with hypertension, in accordance with updated clinical guideline recommendations. Blood pressure measurements in patients ≥ age 81 years meeting frailty criteria are excluded in the 2021 update.

  • This update retains the 2019 revision replacing blood pressure quality measure target in those ≥ age 60 from <150/90 mmHg with the target of <140/90 mmHg.

  • In addition, the update for 2022 includes out-of-office blood pressure measures obtained using digital devices (but not manual readings) at phone and virtual visits.

  • It should be noted that the HEDIS “blood pressure control performance or quality measure” is used to assess quality of care within a clinic or organization based on the “percent of patients” with blood pressures at a given target. This differs from a “blood pressure target” recommended for an “individual patient” by a clinical guideline (e.g., 2017 ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline) based on evidence that this target will reduce the risk of a hypertension-related clinical outcome in that specific patient.

National Committee for Quality Assurance. Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set Volume 2 Measure Year 2022 Summary Table of Measures, Product Lines and Changes.
https://www.ncqa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/202010802_Summary_Table_of_HEDIS_Volume_2_MY2022.pdf. Published August 2021. Accessed April 7, 2022.

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