2016 PQRS Measure #411: Depression Remission at Six Months


Adult patients age 18 years and older with major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score > 9 who demonstrate remission at six months defined as a PHQ-9 score less than 5. This measure applies to both patients with newly diagnosed and existing depression whose current PHQ-9 score indicates a need for treatment


This measure is to be reported once per reporting period for patients seen during the denominator identification measurement period with a diagnosis of depression and an initial PHQ-9 greater than nine. This measure may be reported by clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding.

NOTE: To be considered denominator eligible for this measure, the patient must have both the diagnosis of depression or dysthymia and an index date PHQ-9 Score greater than 9 documented during the denominator identification measurement period dates of 12/1/2014 to 11/30/2015.

Measure Reporting via Registry:
ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes, CPT or HCPCS codes, patient demographics, and PHQ-9 scores are used to identify patients who are included in the measure’s denominator. The listed numerator options are used to report the numerator of the measure.

The quality-data codes listed do not need to be submitted for registry-based submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those registries that utilize claims data.


Adult patients age 18 years and older with a diagnosis of major depression or dysthymia and an initial PHQ-9 score greater than nine

Index Date - The first instance (12/1/2014 to 11/30/2015) of elevated PHQ-9 greater than 9 and diagnosis of depression or dysthymia

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):
Patients aged ≥ 18 years
Diagnosis for MDD (ICD-10-CM): F32.0, F32.1, F32.2, F32.3, F32.4, F32.5, F32.9, F33.0, F33.1, F33.2, F33.3, F33.40, F33.41, F33.42, F33.9, F34.1
Patient encounter during the reporting period (CPT or HCPCS): 90791, 90792, 90832, 90834, 90837, 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, G0402, G0438, G0439
Index date PHQ-Score greater than 9 documented during the twelve month denominator identification period: G9572
Patients who died
Patients who received hospice or palliative care service
Patients who were permanent nursing home residents
Patients with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
Patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder


Adults who achieved remission at six months as demonstrated by a six month (+/- 30 days) PHQ-9 score of less than five

Remission - a PHQ-9 score less than five.
Six Months - the point in time from the index date extending out six months (+/- 30 days). The most recent PHQ-9 score within six months +/- 30 days (5 to 7 months after index) that is less than five is deemed as remission at 6 months. Scores obtained prior to or after this period are not counted as numerator compliant (remission).

Numerator Options:
Performance Met: Remission at six months as demonstrated by a six month (+/-30 days) PHQ-9 score of less than five (G9573)
Performance Not Met: Remission at six months not demonstrated by a six month (+/-30 days) PHQ-9 score of less than five. Either PHQ-9 score was not assessed or is greater than or equal to five. (G9574)
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Depression Remission at Six Months

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