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Appropriate treatment for children with upper respiratory infection (URI)

Percentage of children 3 months to 18 years of age with a diagnosis of upper respiratory infection (URI) who were not dispensed an antibiotic medication.

Numerator: Patients who were dispensed antibiotic medication on or within 3 days after an outpatient or ED encounter for upper respiratory infection (URI) during the intake period (a higher rate is better). The measure is reported as an inverted rate (i.e. 1 - numerator/denominator) to reflect the number of children that were not dispensed an antibiotic

Denominator Statement: All children age 3 months as of July 1 of the year prior to the measurement year to 18 years as of June 30 of the measurement year who had an ED or outpatient visit with only a diagnosis of nonspecific upper respiratory infection (URI) during the intake period (July 1st of the year prior to the measurement year to June 30th of the measurement year)

Measure Set: NQF

Data Source: Claims & Electronic Health DataHealth Plan/Insurance Data

Target Population: Adolescents, Children, Infants

Categories: Access to and quality of health and related services, Health Service Utilization, Health service utilization: Diagnosis, treatment, and hospitalization

Additional Information: Measurement Steward: National Committee for Quality Assurance https://bit.ly/3f4uLPP

Keywords: Upper Respiratory Infection

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