AAN Advocates for Changes to the PQRI Specifications

June 22, 2007

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced revisions to the final 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Measure Specifications, Version 1.1 to provide certain technical corrections. The AAN was able to advocate for changes to the PQRI stroke measures. The stroke measures codes have been expanded to include additional inpatient consult codes and critical care codes. Please revisit the measures to ensure appropriate coding specifications are applied for all measures you select as slight code changes were made to a few measures including screening for falls, advance care plan, and the major depressive disorder measures. To access the revised workflow and technical specifications for the 12 measures recommended for use by neurologists refer to www.aan.com/p4p (Tools).