Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Quality Measure: The Elder Maltreatment Screen and Follow-Up Plan
In 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) convened a panel of experts in the field of elder abuse to explore the current state of elder maltreatment screening and elder care practices across CMS beneficiary populations and care settings. The CMS Elder Maltreatment and Care Symposium was comprised of researchers, healthcare providers, advocates, and government civil servants. Among discussion pertaining to elder maltreatment screening, participants of this symposium discussed the current Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) elder maltreatment screening quality measure, the Elder Maltreatment Screen and Follow-Up Plan (PQRS #181). Stakeholders discussed the usability of this measure, its value to PQRS program, and ultimately the measure’s impact in protecting older adults who have been abused. Through expert input, elder abuse screening and intervention was determined to be of high value to PQRS reporting program as well as an important indicator of quality reporting.
KeywordsElder maltreatment Elder abuse Maltreatment screening Physician quality reporting system (PQRS) Centers for medicare and medicaid services (CMS)
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