Behavioral Health HEDIS® Tip Sheets


We created behavioral health tip sheets to help you satisfy Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures and code appropriately. These measures from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) help ensure our members receive appropriate care.

The tip sheets include measurement requirements, medical record best practices and billing codes. Compliance with HEDIS measures reduces the need for you to send medical records later for review.

Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM) Tip Sheet

  • Members ages 18 and older
  • Diagnosed with major depression
  • Newly1 filled antidepressant medication

Diabetes Screening for Members Taking Antipsychotics (SSD) Tip Sheet

  • Members ages 18 to 64
  • Diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder
  • Received an antipsychotic medication at any time during the year

Follow-Up After Emergency Department Visit for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse or Dependence (FUA)

  • Members ages 13 years and older
  • Emergency department visit with the principal diagnosis of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse or dependence
  • Follow-up visits for AOD within:
    • 7 days of the emergency department visit
    • 30 days of the emergency department visit

Follow-Up After Emergency Department Visit for Mental Illness (FUM)

  • Members ages 6 years and older
  • Emergency department visit for mental illness
  • Follow-up visits for mental illness within:
    • 7 days of the emergency department visit
    • 30 days of the emergency department visit

Follow Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness (FUH) Tip Sheet

  • Members ages 6 and older
  • Discharged from an acute inpatient hospital stay
  • Principal diagnosis at discharge is mental illness or intentional self-harm
  • Outpatient follow-up visits must be with a mental health provider2 (includes telehealth visits) or in certain outpatient settings3

Follow-Up Care for Children Prescribed ADHD Medication (ADD) Tip Sheet

  • Children ages 6 to 12
  • Newly4 filled attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication
  • Prescribed in the ambulatory setting

Metabolic Monitoring for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotics (APM)

  • Members 1 to 17 years old
  • Dispensed two or more antipsychotic medications during the year
  • Medications can be the same or different, if they’re dispensed on different dates
  • The goal is to test both blood glucose with either a glucose or HbA1c test, and cholesterol with either a cholesterol or LDL-C test.

Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drugs (IET) Tip Sheet

  • Members ages 13 and older
  • Newly5 diagnosed with alcohol or other drug (AOD) abuse or dependence
  • Treatment may occur in the inpatient, residential, outpatient6, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or telehealth setting

Use of Opioids from Multiple Providers (UOP)

  • Members 18 years and older
  • Dispensed an opioid for ≥ 15 days
  • Three rates are reported. Members dispensed opioids from:
    • Four or more different prescribers
    • Four or more different pharmacies
    • Combination of four or more different prescribers and four or more different pharmacies

1 Defined as no antidepressant medication filled in past 105 days

2 Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuropsychologist, Psychoanalyst, Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist

3 Community mental health center, electroconvulsive therapy, transitional care management services and includes intensive outpatient or partial hospital programs

4 Defined as no ADHD medication filled in past 120 days

5 Defined as no diagnosis of AOD abuse or dependence in previous 60 days

6 Outpatient treatment includes an intensive outpatient or partial hospital program

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The above material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own best medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the best course of treatment.