Developing Quality Measures for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Schizophrenia: Final Report. 2. Define and Develop Initial Measure Specifications


Based on the review of the literature and feedback from the TAG and ASPE, we developed detailed specifications for an initial set of 17 measure concepts before settling on a final set of ten to be submitted to NQF for endorsement. Initial measure specifications included codes likely to be found on claims and that define populations eligible to be in the denominator, codes that adequately defined the nature of the processes or outcomes to be assessed (the numerator), and the appropriate time frames for assessment. We used the input of the TAG and our understanding of the MAX data to guide drafting measure specifications. Appendix A lists the original 17 measure concepts.

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