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AAO31: Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): Avoidance of Inappropriate Use of Medications+

AAO31: Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): Avoidance of Inappropriate Use of Medications+

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High Priority: Yes; Appropriate Use
NQF Number: N/A

Percentage of patients age 2 months through 12 years with a diagnosis of otitis media with effusion who were not prescribed or recommended the use of steroids (either oral or intranasal), antimicrobials, antihistamines, or decongestants as therapy.

Denominator:

Patients aged 2 months through 12 years with a diagnosis of otitis media with effusion.
*OME is defined as the presence of fluid in the middle ear without signs or symptoms of acute ear infections.

Denominator Exclusions:

None

Denominator Exceptions:

Medical reason for prescribing/recommending medications.

Numerator:

Patients who were NOT prescribed or recommended to receive any of the following: antihistamines, decongestants, systemic corticosteroids, topical intranasal corticosteroids, systemic antimicrobials.

Numerator Exclusions:

None

Measure Classifications:

  • Measure Type: Process
  • National Quality Strategy (NQS) domain: Effective Clinical Care
  • Meaningful Measure Area: Appropriate Use of Healthcare
  • Care Setting(s): Ambulatory Care: Clinician Office/Clinic
  • Includes Telehealth: Yes
  • Calculation: 1st Performance Rate
    • Inverse measure: No
    • Continuous measure: No
    • Proportional measure: Yes
    • Ratio measure: No
    • Risk Adjusted measure: No

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