CMS Publishes Updated eCQM Table for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals for 2017 Performance Period

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on March 3, 2017 - 3:50am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an updated table accompanying the 2016 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications (published in April 2016) for the 2017 performance period.

The eCQM Lifecycle

Electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) progress through multiple lifecycle phases

Glossary of eCQI Terms

Measure alignment includes using the same quality measures and value sets across settings and within multiple programs when possible. Alignment is achieved when a set of measures works well across settings or programs to produce meaningful information without creating extra work for those responsible for the measurement.
Bonnie is a software tool for testing electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs).

Now available: Updated electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets for 2017 performance/reporting period

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Submitted by Edna Boone on January 6, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have published an addendum to the 2016 eCQM specifications (published in April 2016). This addendum updates relevant International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performance year. These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the following programs:


What is Kaizen?

Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve incremental changes in order to improve efficiency and quality. It focuses on removing process waste and maximizing value to the customer (in this case the patient).

Who participates in Kaizen?

Kaizen involves stakeholders from multiple organizations and functions working together to address a problem or improve a process.

What happens during a Kaizen event?

During a Kaizen event (a multi-day, in-person meeting), participants:

VSAC 2.11.6 Release Notes

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on September 20, 2016 - 5:44am

NLM released VSAC update version 2.11.6 on September 14, 2016

NEW: CDC Race and Ethnicity Code Set Roll-up Code Supplement File (VSAC Download tab)

In support of the 2015 Edition Common Clinical Data Set, this value set supplement file allows systems to discover the appropriate "roll-up" race code, given a detailed race code from the CDCREC Race & Ethnicity Code System (Code System OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.6.238).

VSAC Collaboration User's Guide

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on June 13, 2016 - 11:36am

The NLM Value Set Authority Center Team is pleased to announce the availability of the VSAC Collaboration User's Guide.

VSAC Collaboration provides a central site where value set authors can post value sets for collaborative discussion. In that site, teams can share threaded discussions about the value sets, view recent value set expansions posted by site members, organize their value sets by usage and team's workflow needs, and receive activity and change notifications from VSAC.

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