317. Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for High Blood Pressure and Follow-Up Documented

Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older seen during the submitting period who were screened for high blood pressure and a recommended follow-up plan is documented based on the current blood pressure (BP) reading as indicated.

This measure is to be reported a minimum of once per performance period for patients seen during the performance period. Eligible clinicians who report the measure must perform the blood pressure screening at the time of a qualifying visit by an eligible clinician and may not obtain measurements from external sources.

This measure may be reported by eligible clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding. The intent of this measure is to screen patients for high blood pressure and provide recommended follow-up as indicated. Both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements are required for inclusion. If there are multiple blood pressures on the same date of service, use the most recent as the representative blood pressure. The documented follow-up plan must be related to the current BP reading as indicated, example: “Patient referred to primary care provider for BP management.”