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Getting Started

A gentle introduction to understanding eCQI and this Resource Center

eCQMs

The who, what, when, where, and why of eCQMs

Education

A selection of educational materials and resources to broaden your eCQI knowledge

Latest News

May 24 2017

Now Available: eMeasurement and Quality Improvement Webinar Recording

Did you miss our webinar on Innovations in the Use of Electronic Health Data for eMeasurement and Quality Improvement? ONC hosted a roundtable discussion on opportunities to foster innovation in electronic data exchange for eMeasurement and quality improvement. National thought leaders shared their experiences and insights about innovative approaches.... Read more

May 22 2017

CY 2017 eCQM Resources and Tools Now Available

In response to provider need, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed and posted updated resources to assist with the reporting of calendar year (CY) 2017 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. These documents include:

  • CY 2017 Available eCQMs
  • CY 2017 eCQM Overview
  • CY 2017 Preparation Checklists for Test and Production Files... Read more

May 18 2017

Draft 2018 CMS QRDA HQR Implementation Guide Now Available for Public Comment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the draft 2018 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide (IG) for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) in JIRA (ticket number QRDA-514). The deadline to submit a public comment on the 2018 CMS QRDA HQR IG is Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A JIRA account is required to submit a formal comment, and information on how to set up... Read more

May 10 2017

VSAC 2.13.2 Release Notes

User Interface Tooltips

NLM added many tooltips throughout the VSAC application to help users understand searching, retrieving, authoring and publishing value sets in VSAC. 

Code System Information for Value Sets

A code system column was added in the VSAC user interface for the grouping members section of Value Set Details in Search Value Sets.  The code system column to be adjacent to the value set name column in all user interface value set tables.  Also ... Read more

May 05 2017

Now Available: 2017 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update

CMS posted the 2017 annual update for eCQMs for CY 2018 reporting for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and CY 2018 performance for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Clinicians on May 5, 2017. The updated eCQMs are fully specified.  Measures will not be eligible for 2018 reporting unless and until they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable quality reporting programs.

CMS updates the specifications... Read more

May 03 2017

FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule Published, Open for Public Comment

On April 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fiscal year (FY) 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule published in the Federal Register (82 FR 19796). The FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule initially went on display at the Office of the Federal Register Public Inspection Desk on April 14, 2017.

You may access the FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule (direct link) at the following web address by... Read more

May 03 2017

CMS Data Receiving System Now Accepting QRDA Category I Test and Production Files for CY 2017 Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data receiving system in the QualityNet Secure Portal is now open.  The data receiving system is accepting submissions of Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I test and production files for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs Calendar Year (CY) 2017/Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 electronic reporting requirements.  The system was updated to accept QRDA Category I test and production files utilizing the CY 2017 requirements.

The Pre-... Read more

Apr 27 2017

Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Outreach and Education May 4, 2017, webinar: IQR Program: FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule

This Outreach and Education webinar for participants in the IQR Program is scheduled for Thursday, May 04, 2017.

The webinar, titled IQR Program: FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule, will be presented by Grace Im, JD, MPH, Program Lead, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Delia Houseal PhD, MPH, End State Renal Disease, Quality Improvement Program Lead; and Elizabeth Bainger DNP... Read more

Apr 27 2017

Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals and Dual Eligible Hospitals Attesting to CMS: What You Need to Know to Participate in the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

Review 2017 Program Requirements in the 2017 OPPS/ASC Final Rule on the EHR Incentive Programs Website

Providers who have not demonstrated meaningful use successfully in a prior year and are seeking to demonstrate meaningful use for the first time in 2017 to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment must attest to Modified Stage 2 objectives and measures. Providers who have demonstrated meaningful use successfully in a previous year may attest to Stage 3 objectives and measures starting in 2017.

CMS encourages eligible hospitals, CAHs, and... Read more

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Upcoming Events

Jun 06 2017

Cypress Tech Talks

Join us on Tuesday, June 6th for the next Cypress Tech Talk. Register for the Tech Talks at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8110364277730751489

The schedule for our upcoming bi-weekly Cypress "Tech Talk" calls is listed below. In order to help ensure that these calls are meeting your needs, you are invited to submit your questions to the Cypress Talk List on the Friday prior to each planned call. The bi-weekly Cypress Tech Talks will be held on the following dates:

Jun 13 2017

FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule Published, Open for Public Comment until June 13, 2017

On April 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fiscal year (FY) 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule published in the Federal Register (82 FR 19796). The FY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule initially went on display at the Office of the Federal Register Public Inspection Desk on April 14, 2017.

Jun 15 2017

Cooking with CQL: or How to Incorporate CQL into HQMF for eCQMs Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to a “Cooking with Clinical Quality Language (CQL): or How to Incorporate CQL into Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)” webinar.

The Cooking with CQL series provides an interactive environment for measure developers. The upcoming session will feature open discussion from subject matter experts on the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT), show how to express measures using CQL and review prepared questions.

Jun 21 2017

QDM User Group Webinar

The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Jul 19 2017

QDM User Group Webinar

The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Aug 16 2017

QDM User Group Webinar

The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Sep 20 2017

QDM User Group Webinar

The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.