Posted on: October 13, 2012
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IDHFS) has confirmed to ICAAP that weight assessment is one of the child health quality measures that it will voluntarily report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on an annual basis as part of its Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Project activities. The measurement rate for this obesity quality measure is calculated by assessing the percentage of children ages 3-17 who had an outpatient visit with a primary care physician or OB/GYN and whose weight is classified based on body mass index (BMI) percentile for age and gender. Illinois reported its baseline rates for the pediatric weight assessment measure as 0.4% for 2010 and 0.6% for 2011. The actual rate of documentation, however, may be much higher because the measurement rate is based only on administrative claims data and not chart review data. ICAAP will soon be promoting the measure through provider guidance and education with the goal of increasing the rate for the quality measure. For any questions regarding the quality measure, please contact Mary Elsner, Director, Obesity Prevention Initiatives at 312/733-1026, ext 220 or email@example.com.