In a recent press release, NCQA announced that in partnership with FEi Systems, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), developed a measure for alcohol screening and follow-up. The Unhealthy Alcohol Use Screening and Follow-Up (ASF) measure is part of the Health Effectiveness Data Information Set 2018 (HEDIS®) and is the first measure to evaluate unhealthy alcohol use screening and follow-up care for adults in the health plan population. It is also one of the first HEDIS measures to be reported using electronic clinical data collected at the point of care.
Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death, but when it comes to screening for alcohol use and providing the right follow-up care, there is large gap in care.
“This HEDIS measure will facilitate the kinds of discussions between clinicians and patients that can be a starting point for patients finding appropriate treatment and getting into recovery.”
After researching the issue, NCQA found a shortage of screening for misuse of alcohol, and also found that when screenings took place, many patients in need of help were not identified or followed-up with appropriately.
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