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AAO37: Dysphonia: Laryngeal Examination

AAO37: Dysphonia: Laryngeal Examination

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High Priority Status: Yes / Care Coordination

CBE Number: N/A

Measure Description:

Percentage of patients who were diagnosed with dysphonia who received or were referred for a laryngeal examination within 4 weeks of initial diagnosis.


This measure is to be submitted once for each occurrence of dysphonia during the performance period. For the purpose of submitting this measure, only unique occurrences of dysphonia episodes within the current performance period will be included. A unique occurrence of dysphonia is defined as the period of time that begins with the onset of dysphonia diagnosis and ends 90 days after the onset of diagnosing.


All patients diagnosed with dysphonia with symptoms lasting longer than 4 weeks.

Denominator note: To be eligible for the denominator, a patient record must have

  • Documentation of dysphonia onset date at least four weeks prior to the current encounter
  • Documentation of dysphonia during two encounters at least 4 weeks apart.

Dysphonia definition: Dysphonia is a disorder characterized by harsh and raspy voice arising from or spreading to the larynx. For the purposes of this measure, dysphonia refers to a change or hoarseness in the patient’s voice.

Denominator Exclusions:



Patients who received or were referred for laryngeal examination.*

*Definition: Laryngeal examination definition: examination by a qualified examiner utilizing flexible laryngoscopy, or stroboscopy to examine vocal fold/cord mobility.

Denominator Exceptions:

  • Patient refusal of laryngeal examination or plan of care for treatment.
  • Acute vocal cord injury within 2 weeks of diagnosis.

Measure Classifications:

  • Submission Pathway: Traditional MIPS
  • Measure Type: Process
  • High Priority Type: Care Coordination
  • 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: No
    • Continuous measure: No
    • Proportional measure: Yes
    • Ratio measure: No
    • Risk Adjusted measure: No


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