Is OB/GYN an eligible specialty for the depression measure?

The OB/GYN specialty is not an eligible specialty for this measure in terms of the clinic level population counts; therefore, please do not include this specialty when calculating clinic counts.

Code 9=OB/GYN is listed as a specialty in the data field specifications because OB/GYN providers often may assess patients’ depression symptoms and those follow-up scores would contribute to the calculation of the 6- and 12-month follow-up and outcome (response, remission) measures. 

There is a solution to prevent a patient from OB/GYN or another out-of-scope specialty from being indexed. In the Clinic ID field, you would apply -99 and then the patient would not be indexed but the follow-up scores would be retained for rate calculation.

To summarize, the OB/GYN specialty (and other out-of-scope specialties) are not included in the clinic level population counts – only include the eligible specialties. However, OB/GYN and other specialties are included in the patient level data file for the purpose of identifying all possible follow-up scores.
Creation date: 12/6/2018 9:48 AM      Updated: 7/7/2020 2:36 PM
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