High Priority Status: Yes; Appropriate Use
NQF Number: N/A
Percentage of patients age 16 years and older with a new onset diagnosis of Bell’s palsy within the past 3 months who had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computed tomography (CT) scan of the internal auditory canal, head, neck, or brain ordered for the primary diagnosis of Bell’s palsy.
All patients age 16 years and older with a diagnosis of new onset Bell’s palsy within the past 3 months.
Medical reason(s) for ordering an MRI or CT scan of the internal auditory canal, head, neck, or brain for the primary diagnosis of Bell’s palsy including:
- Patients with a diagnosis of Bell’s palsy more than 3 months prior to the date of the referral or performance of imaging with no signs of recovery.
- Patients with recurrent diagnosis of Bell’s palsy.
- Patients with paralysis limited to a specific branch, or branches, of the facial nerve.
- Patients with paralysis associated with other cranial nerve abnormalities, including olfactory nerve, glossopharyngeal nerve, vagus nerve, and hypoglossal nerve.
- Patients with other diagnosed neurological abnormalities, including simultaneous sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, and/or dizziness; stroke; tumor; seizures; extremity weakness; and/or extremity hypoesthesia.
Patients for whom an MRI or CT scan of the internal auditory canal, head, neck, or brain was ordered for a primary diagnosis of Bell’s palsy.
- Measure Type: Process
- National Quality Strategy (NQS) domain: Efficiency and Cost Reduction
- Meaningful Measures Area: Appropriate Use of Healthcare
- Care Setting(s): Ambulatory Care: Clinician Office/Clinic
- Includes Telehealth: Yes
- Number of Performance Rates: 1
- Inverse measure: Yes
- Continuous measure: No
- Proportional measure: Yes
- Ratio measure: No
- Risk-adjusted measure: No
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