Measurement-Based HEDIS Depression Measures

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Measurement-based care is a framework in which validated symptom rating scales and screening tools are routinely used in clinical practice to inform treatment decisions and adjustments. The most widely used tool is the Patient Health Questionnaire nine-item scale (PHQ-9). The PHQ-9 is a multipurpose tool used for screening, diagnosing, monitoring, and measuring the severity of depression symptoms.


The impetus for providers to adopt measure-based care made a significant step forward with the adoption of PHQ-9 based depression measures by NCQA. Two depression measures are critical to effective measurement-based screening and treatment:



2/7/19: Page updated to reflect the updated NCQA HEDIS® Measures.

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