NCQA developed a measure to address the use of antibiotics for respiratory conditions. NCQA released the Antibiotic Utilization for Respiratory Conditions in HEDIS® for 2022.
The measure can help health plans more closely monitor antibiotic use and assist with stewardship efforts. It tracks antibiotic prescriptions across both appropriate and inappropriate respiratory conditions. Health plans can compare prescribing for these conditions against that of other health plans using a measure that is less vulnerable to variation in diagnosis and coding practices.
The measure can be used along with three existing HEDIS measures that target inappropriate prescribing for upper respiratory infections, pharyngitis and acute bronchitis.