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Measure: CMS131

Diabetes: Eye Exam

Measure Versions

eMeasure Code Measure Year Full Version Number Title
CMS131v10 2022 10.0.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS131v9 2021 9.2.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS131v8 2020 8.4.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS131v7 2019 7.2.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS131v6 2018 6.2.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS131v5 2017 5.0.000 Diabetes: Eye Exam


Percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes who had a retinal or dilated eye exam by an eye care professional during the measurement period or a negative retinal exam (no evidence of retinopathy) in the 12 months prior to the measurement period


Only patients with a diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should be included in the denominator of this measure; patients with a diagnosis of secondary diabetes due to another condition should not be included. The eye exam must be performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Patient Group Definitions

Group Description Instructions Links
Initial PopulationPatients 18-75 years of age with diabetes with a visit during the measurement periodWebchart Instructions
DenominatorEquals Initial PopulationWebchart Instructions
Denominator ExclusionsExclude patients whose hospice care overlaps the measurement periodWebchart Instructions
NumeratorPatients with an eye screening for diabetic retinal disease. This includes diabetics who had one of the following: A retinal or dilated eye exam by an eye care professional in the measurement period or a negative retinal exam (no evidence of retinopathy) by an eye care professional in the year prior to the measurement periodWebchart Instructions
Numerator ExclusionsNot ApplicableWebchart Instructions
Denominator ExceptionsNone


Full eMeasure Code eMeasure Identifier Measure Year Version NQF # GUID
CMS131v7 131 2019 7.2.000 0055 D90BDAB4-B9D2-4329-9993-5C34E2C0DC66
Steward Developer Endorsed By
National Committee for Quality Assurance National Committee for Quality Assurance National Quality Forum
Scoring Method Measure Type Stratification Risk Adjustment
Proportion PROCESS None None

Rate Aggregation


Improvement Notation

Higher score indicates better quality


As the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., diabetes kills approximately 79,500 people a year (CDC Health 2017). Diabetes is a long lasting disease marked by high blood glucose levels, resulting from the body's inability to produce or use insulin properly (CDC About Diabetes 2017). People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death. (At a Glance 2016). In 2012, diabetes cost the U.S. an estimated $245 billion: $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. This is a 41 percent increase from the estimated $174 billion spent on diabetes in 2007 (ADA Economic 2013). Diabetic retinopathy is progressive damage to the small blood vessels in the retina that may result in loss of vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in adults between 20-74 years of age. Approximately 4.1 million adults are affected by diabetic retinopathy (CDC Common Eye Disorders 2015).

Clinical Recommendation Statement

American Diabetes Association (ADA) (2017): 

- Adults with type 1 diabetes should have an initial dilated and comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist within 5 years after the onset of diabetes. (Level of evidence: B)

- Patients with type 2 diabetes should have an initial dilated and comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist at the time of the diabetes diagnosis. (Level of evidence: B)



Transmission Format


Applicable Value Sets

Category Value Set OID
Diagnosis Diabetes 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.103.12.1001
Encounter, Performed Annual Wellness Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.526.3.1240
Encounter, Performed Encounter Inpatient 2.16.840.1.113883.3.666.5.307
Encounter, Performed Home Healthcare Services 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1016
Encounter, Performed Office Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1001
Encounter, Performed Ophthalmological Services 2.16.840.1.113883.3.526.3.1285
Encounter, Performed Preventive Care Services - Established Office Visit, 18 and Up 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1025
Encounter, Performed Preventive Care Services-Initial Office Visit, 18 and Up 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1023
Intervention, Order Hospice care ambulatory 2.16.840.1.113762.1.4.1108.15
Intervention, Performed Hospice care ambulatory 2.16.840.1.113762.1.4.1108.15
Patient Characteristic Ethnicity Ethnicity 2.16.840.1.114222.4.11.837
Patient Characteristic Payer Payer 2.16.840.1.114222.4.11.3591
Patient Characteristic Race Race 2.16.840.1.114222.4.11.836
Patient Characteristic Sex ONC Administrative Sex 2.16.840.1.113762.1.4.1
Physical Exam, Performed Retinal or Dilated Eye Exam 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.115.12.1088


American Diabetes Association. Microvascular complications and foot care. Sec. 10. In Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2017. Diabetes Care 2017;40(Suppl. 1):S88-S98
American Diabetes Association (ADA). April 2013. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care. Vol. 36 no. 4 1033-46.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2017.Health, United States, 2016: With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2015. Common Eye Disorders, Diabetic Retinopathy.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2017. About Diabetes.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2016. At a Glance 2016, Diabetes Working to Reverse the US Epidemic.


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