2016 PQRS Measure #128: Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up


Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a documented BMI during the current encounter or during the previous six months AND when the BMI is outside of normal parameters, a follow-up plan is documented during the encounter or during the previous six months of the encounter.

Normal Parameters:
Age 65 years and older BMI ≥ 23 and < 30
Age 18 – 64 years BMI ≥ 18.5 and < 25


This measure is to be reported a minimum of once per reporting period for patients seen during the reporting period. The most recent quality code submitted will be used for performance calculation. There is no diagnosis associated with this measure. This measure may be reported by eligible professionals who perform the quality actions described in the measure based on the services provided at the time of the qualifying visit and the measure-specific denominator coding. The BMI documented in the medical record may be reported if done in the provider’s office/facility or if a BMI is documented within the previous six months in outside medical records obtained by the provider. If the most recent documented BMI is outside of normal parameters, then a follow-up plan must be documented within six months of the abnormal BMI. The documented follow-up interventions must be related to the BMI outside of normal parameters, example: “Patient referred to nutrition counseling for BMI above normal parameters”.


All patients aged 18 years and older


Patient encounter during the reporting period (CPT): 90791, 90792, 90832, 90834, 90837, 90839, 96150, 96151, 96152, 97001, 97003, 97802, 97803, 98960, 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, D7140, D7210, G0101, G0108, G0270, G0271, G0402, G0438, G0439, G0447


Patients with a documented BMI during the encounter or during the previous six months, AND when the BMI is outside of normal parameters, follow-up is documented during the encounter or during the previous six months of the encounter with the BMI outside of normal parameters

Numerator Instructions:
An eligible professional or their staff is required to measure both height and weight. Both the height and the weight must be measured within the same six months. Self-reported values cannot be used. The documentation of a follow-up plan must be based on the most recent documented BMI within the previous six months

– Body mass index (BMI), is a number calculated using the Quetelet index: weight divided by height squared (W/H2) and is commonly used to classify weight categories. BMI can be calculated using:
Metric Units: BMI = Weight (kg) / (Height (m) x Height (m))
English Units: BMI = Weight (lb) / (Height (in) x Height (in)) x 703

Follow-Up Plan – Proposed outline of treatment to be conducted as a result of a BMI out of normal parameters. A follow-up may include but is not limited to: documentation education, a referral (e.g., a registered dietician, nutritionist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, primary care provider, exercise physiologist, mental health professional, or surgeon), pharmacological interventions, dietary supplements, exercise counseling, or nutrition counseling.

Not Eligible for BMI Calculation or Follow-Up Plan – A patient is not eligible if one or more of the following reasons are documented:
• Patient is receiving palliative care
• Patient is pregnant
• Patient refuses BMI measurement (refuses height and/or weight)
• Any other reason documented in the medical record by the provider why BMI calculation or follow-up plan was not appropriate
• Patient is in an urgent or emergent medical situation where time is of the essence, and to delay treatment would jeopardize the patient’s health status

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Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up

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