Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression: Appraisal for Alcohol or Chemical Substance Use

Percentage of patients with depression or bipolar disorder with evidence of an initial assessment that includes an appraisal for alcohol or chemical substance use.


Measure Steward

Center for Quality Assessment & Improvement in Mental Health (CQAIMH)


Measure Numerator

Patients in the denominator with evidence of an assessment for alcohol or other substance use following or concurrent with the new diagnosis, and prior to or concurrent with the initiation of treatment for that diagnosis.

(Note: the endorsed measure calls for the assessment to be performed prior to discussion of the treatment plan with the patient, but the current approach was considered more feasible in an EHR setting. The "Assessment for Alcohol or Other Drug Use" required in the numerator is meant to capture a provider's assessment of the patient's symptoms of substance use. The essence of the measure is to avoid treating the patient for unipolar depression or bipolar disorder without an assessment of their use of alcohol or other drugs.)


Measure Denominator

Patients 18 years of age or older at the start of the measurement period with a new diagnosis of unipolar depression or bipolar disorder during the first 323 days of the measurement period, and evidence of treatment for unipolar depression or bipolar disorder within 42 days of diagnosis. The existence of a 'new diagnosis' is established by the absence of diagnoses and treatments of unipolar depression or bipolar disorder during the 180 days prior to the diagnosis.