SCGhealth Blog

Screen for Depression During Mental Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

By Audrey Landers

Depression is an often misunderstood and underestimated mental illness. Many consider it to be a simple sadness that can be powered through, but that could not be further from the truth. Sadness is a normal human emotion, and one that can often help to make a person stronger by learning to deal with it. It is caused by difficult, upsetting and hurtful events. With sadness, there is a resolution to work towards or a lesson to learn that can help one overcome it. Depression is another beast entirely. Depression is not triggered by any particular event and causes those who suffer from it to feel worthless, hopeless, and unmotivated in every situation. Depression can change a person’s personality, make them have thoughts of death or suicide and make them lose interest in things they once loved. Unlike sadness, depression is long-lasting, with symptoms lasting more than two weeks and occurring chronically.

It is estimated that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression, with approximately 16 million American adults having suffered at least one depressive episode in the last year. 

Screen for Depression and Report MIPS Measures
Throughout the year you can do your part to bring awareness to depression by screening for it, which coincidentally will allow you to report the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Measure 134: Preventive Care and Screenings: Screening for Depression and Follow-up Plan. The measure should be reported at least once for each patient age 12 and older seen during the performance period. If the screening is positive, there must be a documented follow-up.

The accepted exceptions for this measure are patient refusal, an urgent situation, and decreased functional capacity seen in the patient.

Quality Data Code  Performance  Service Provided 
 G8431  Performance Met

Screening for depression is documented as positive
a follow-up plan is documented

 G8510  Performance Met
Screening for depression is documented as negative

 G8433  Denominator Exception

Screening for depression not completed
reason documented

 G8432  Performance Not Met
Depression screening not documented

 G8511  Performance Not Met

Screening for depression is documented as positive
no reason documented

In addition to this MIPS measure, SCG Health has also licensed the Qualified Clinical Data Registery (QCDR) Measure MSSIC1: Pre-Surgical Screening for Depression. This measure, created by the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative, is similar to MIPS 134 but is only performed before a surgical procedure.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America first started the awareness campaign in 1948, this year the theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. MHA hopes this theme will help bring awareness to the connection between mental health and fitness. The organization will be distributing information on topics like nutrition, exercise and sleep throughout the month to encourage people across the country to do what they can to better both their physical and mental health.

Comments [0]


No Very

Captcha Image

SCG Health blog by Email

Recent Posts



SCG Health is a tradename of the Searfoss Consulting Group, LLC. You may reproduce materials available on this site for your own personal use and for noncommercial distribution. For more information, please read the Content Sharing Policy. Art & design by SCG Health. DISCLAIMER: You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding a particular set of facts and circumstances. SCG Health reserves the right to change the information on this website without notice.