To meet the current QOF requirements for COPD014, patients on the COPD register with an MRC dyspnoea scale of greater than or equal to 3 should be offered a referral to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme within the fiscal year.


Ardens has created the following searches to support practices in identifying patients eligible for this referral to ensure this is completed in time. 


To locate the searches, access the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches > 5.21 Contracts - QOF - Time sensitive > COPD COPD014 search folder.


The above searches are based on the patients included on the COPD QOF register and are eligible for a referral to pulmonary rehab.


For search 1, this will include patients diagnosed with COPD, with an MRC >=3, who have a correctly recorded referral to pulmonary rehab code within the correct time frame.


For search 2, this will identify patients diagnosed with COPD, with an MRC >=3 who are outstanding a referral to pulmonary rehab.   This search is further broken down to identify patients that have been seen in the last 7 days (2a) and those patients who have a referral in place, but this is potentially miscoded (2b).  Search 2c will identify patients who have been coded 'Pulmonary referral offered', but not referred. For searches a,b and c, we suggest reviewing these patients and ensuring the correct referral or declined code is in place. 


Search 3 will include patients who have declined pulmonary referral, you may wish to code as informed dissent.

Searches 4,5 and 6 are for information only and will display patients with an unsuitable, or an exception code in place this fiscal year, or excepted due to no response to two invitations.


If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: