Use of Opioids at High Dosage (OHD, CMS Adult Core Set)

Rate per 1,000 Medicaid enrollees age 18 and older without cancer who received prescriptions for opioids with a daily dosage greater than 120 mg morphine equivalent dose (MED) for 90 consecutive days or longer.

Measure Identifier: CMS_A_OHD

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