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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Measure Versions

eMeasure Code Measure Year Full Version Number Title
CMS130v11 2023 11 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v10 2022 10.0.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v9 2021 9.2.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v8 2020 8.4.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v7 2019 7.2.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v6 2018 6.1.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening
CMS130v5 2017 5.0.000 Colorectal Cancer Screening


Percentage of adults 50-75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer


Patient self-report for procedures as well as diagnostic studies should be recorded in "Procedure, Performed" template or "Diagnostic Study, Performed" template in QRDA-1. Do not count digital rectal exams (DRE), fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs) performed in an office setting or performed on a sample collected via DRE. This eCQM is a patient-based measure. This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.5. Please refer to the eCQI resource center ( for more information on the QDM.

Patient Group Definitions

Group Description Instructions Links
Initial PopulationPatients 50-75 years of age with a visit during the measurement periodWebchart Instructions
DenominatorEquals Initial PopulationWebchart Instructions
Denominator ExclusionsExclude patients who are in hospice care for any part of the measurement period. Exclude patients with a diagnosis or past history of total colectomy or colorectal cancer. Exclude patients 66 and older who are living long term in an institution for more than 90 consecutive days during the measurement period. Exclude patients 66 and older with an indication of frailty for any part of the measurement period who meet any of the following criteria: - Advanced illness with two outpatient encounters during the measurement period or the year prior - OR advanced illness with one inpatient encounter during the measurement period or the year prior - OR taking dementia medications during the measurement period or the year prior Exclude patients receiving palliative care during the measurement period.Webchart Instructions
NumeratorPatients with one or more screenings for colorectal cancer. Appropriate screenings are defined by any one of the following criteria: - Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) during the measurement period - Flexible sigmoidoscopy during the measurement period or the four years prior to the measurement period - Colonoscopy during the measurement period or the nine years prior to the measurement period - FIT-DNA during the measurement period or the two years prior to the measurement period - CT Colonography during the measurement period or the four years prior to the measurement periodWebchart Instructions
Numerator ExclusionsNot ApplicableWebchart Instructions
Denominator ExceptionsNone


Full eMeasure Code eMeasure Identifier Measure Year Version NQF # GUID
CMS130v10 2022 10.0.000 Not Applicable aa2a4bbc-864f-45ee-b17a-7ebcc62e6aac
Steward Developer Endorsed By
National Committee for Quality Assurance National Committee for Quality Assurance
Scoring Method Measure Type Stratification Risk Adjustment
Proportion PROCESS None None

Rate Aggregation


Improvement Notation

Higher score indicates better quality


Colorectal cancer represents eight percent of all new cancer cases in the United States. In 2020, there were an estimated 147,950 new cases of colorectal cancer and an estimated 53,200 deaths attributed to it. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 4.2 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer at some point during their lifetimes. For most adults, older age is the most important risk factor for colorectal cancer, although being male and black are also associated with higher incidence and mortality. Colorectal cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people 65 to 74 years old (National Cancer Institute, 2020). Screening can be effective for finding precancerous lesions (polyps) that could later become malignant, and for detecting early cancers that can be more easily and effectively treated. Precancerous polyps usually take about 10 to 15 years to develop into colorectal cancer, and most can be found and removed before turning into cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for people whose colorectal cancer is found in the early stage before it has spread is about 90 percent (American Cancer Society, 2020).

Clinical Recommendation Statement

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016) recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. This is a Grade A recommendation (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2016). 
Appropriate screenings are defined by any one of the following:
-Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
-Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)
-Fecal occult blood test (annually)
-FIT-DNA (every 3 years)
-Computed tomographic colonography (every 5 years)



Transmission Format


Applicable Value Sets

Category Value Set OID
Diagnosis Frailty Diagnosis 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.113.12.1074
Diagnosis Malignant Neoplasm of Colon 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.108.12.1001
Diagnostic Study, Performed CT Colonography 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.108.12.1038
Encounter, Performed Acute Inpatient 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1083
Encounter, Performed Annual Wellness Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.526.3.1240
Encounter, Performed Care Services in Long-Term Residential Facility 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1014
Encounter, Performed Emergency Department Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1010
Encounter, Performed Encounter Inpatient 2.16.840.1.113883.3.666.5.307
Encounter, Performed Frailty Encounter 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1088
Encounter, Performed Home Healthcare Services 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1016
Encounter, Performed Nonacute Inpatient 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1084
Encounter, Performed Nursing Facility Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1012
Encounter, Performed Observation 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1086
Encounter, Performed Office Visit 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1001
Encounter, Performed Online Assessments 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1089
Encounter, Performed Outpatient 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1087
Encounter, Performed Palliative Care Encounter 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1090
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
Encounter, Performed Telephone Visits 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1080
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
Intervention, Performed Palliative Care Intervention 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.198.12.1135
Laboratory Test, Performed Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.198.12.1011
Laboratory Test, Performed FIT DNA 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.108.12.1039
Medication, Active Dementia Medications 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.196.12.1510
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
Procedure, Performed Colonoscopy 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.108.12.1020
Procedure, Performed Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.198.12.1010
Procedure, Performed Total Colectomy 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.198.12.1019
Symptom Frailty Symptom 2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.113.12.1075


CITATIONAmerican Cancer Society. (2020). Can Colorectal Polyps and Cancer Be Found Early? Retrieved September 22, 2020, from
CITATIONNational Cancer Institute. (2020). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 195-2017. Retrieved September 22, 2020, from SEER website:
CITATIONUS Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo, K., Grossman, D. C., Curry, S. J., Davidson, K. W., Epling, J. W., … Siu, A. L. (2016). Screening for Colorectal Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA, 315(23), 2564–2575.


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