Metabolic Monitoring Children on Antipsychotics

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, antipsychotic prescribing for children and adolescents has increased rapidly in recent decades. These medications can elevate a child’s risk for developing serious metabolic health complications associated with poor cardiometabolic outcomes in adulthood. Given these risks and the potential lifelong consequences, metabolic monitoring (blood glucose and cholesterol testing) is an important component of ensuring appropriate management of children and adolescents on antipsychotic medications.

Supporting Quality Care

We track the NCQA quality measure Metabolic Monitoring for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotics. This measure captures the percentage of children ages 1 to 17 who had two or more antipsychotic prescriptions and had metabolic testing. Three rates are reported:

  • Blood glucose testing
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Blood glucose and cholesterol testing

A higher rate represents more proper testing, which indicates better performance.

APM is a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measure. See the  NCQA website for more details.



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