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Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report

Measure Information 2021 Performance Period
CMS eCQM ID CMS50v9
NQF Number Not Applicable
Description

Percentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring provider receives a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Initial Population

Number of patients, regardless of age, who were referred by one provider to another provider, and who had a visit during the measurement period

Denominator

Equals Initial Population

Denominator Exclusions

None

Numerator

Number of patients with a referral, for which the referring provider received a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Numerator Exclusions

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions

None

Measure Steward Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Quality Domain Communication and Care Coordination
Measure Scoring Proportion measure
Measure Type Process measure
Improvement Notation

A higher score indicates better quality

Guidance

The provider who refers the patient to another provider is the provider who should be held accountable for the performance of this measure.

The provider to whom the patient was referred should be the same provider that sends the report.

If there are multiple referrals for a patient during the measurement period, use the first referral.

The consultant report that will fulfill the referral should be completed after the referral and should be related to the referral for which it is attributed. If there are multiple consultant reports received by the referring provider which pertain to a particular referral, use the first consultant report to satisfy the measure. Eligible professionals or eligible clinicians reporting on this measure should note that all data for the reporting year is to be submitted by the deadline established by CMS. Therefore, eligible professionals or eligible clinicians who refer patients towards the end of the reporting period (i.e., November - December), should request that providers to whom they referred their patients share their consult reports as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator during the measurement period. When providers to whom patients are referred communicate the consult report as soon as possible with the referring providers, it ensures that the communication loop is closed in a timely manner and that the data are included in the submission to CMS.

This eCQM is a patient-based measure.

This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.5. Please refer to the eCQI resource center for more information on the QDM.

MIPS Quality ID 374
Meaningful Measure Transfer of Health Information and Interoperability
Telehealth Eligible Yes
Next Version
Previous Version No Version Available

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Measure Information 2021 Performance Period 2022 Performance Period 2023 Performance Period
Title Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report
CMS eCQM ID CMS50v9 CMS50v10 CMS50v11
NQF Number Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Description

Percentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring provider receives a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Percentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring provider receives a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Percentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring clinician receives a report from the clinician to whom the patient was referred

Initial Population

Number of patients, regardless of age, who were referred by one provider to another provider, and who had a visit during the measurement period

Number of patients, regardless of age, who had a visit during the measurement period and were referred by one provider to another provider

Number of patients, regardless of age, who had an encounter during the measurement period and were referred by one clinician to another clinician on or before October 31

Denominator

Equals Initial Population

Equals Initial Population

Equals Initial Population

Denominator Exclusions None None None
Numerator

Number of patients with a referral, for which the referring provider received a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Number of patients with a referral, for which the referring provider received a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

Number of patients with a referral on or before October 31, for which the referring clinician received a report from the clinician to whom the patient was referred

Numerator Exclusions

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Denominator Exceptions

None

None

None

Measure Steward Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Quality Domain Communication and Care Coordination Communication and Care Coordination Communication and Care Coordination
Measure Scoring Proportion measure Proportion measure Proportion measure
Measure Type Process measure Process measure Process measure
Improvement Notation

A higher score indicates better quality

A higher score indicates better quality

A higher score indicates better quality

Guidance

The provider who refers the patient to another provider is the provider who should be held accountable for the performance of this measure.

The provider to whom the patient was referred should be the same provider that sends the report.

If there are multiple referrals for a patient during the measurement period, use the first referral.

The consultant report that will fulfill the referral should be completed after the referral and should be related to the referral for which it is attributed. If there are multiple consultant reports received by the referring provider which pertain to a particular referral, use the first consultant report to satisfy the measure. Eligible professionals or eligible clinicians reporting on this measure should note that all data for the reporting year is to be submitted by the deadline established by CMS. Therefore, eligible professionals or eligible clinicians who refer patients towards the end of the reporting period (i.e., November - December), should request that providers to whom they referred their patients share their consult reports as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator during the measurement period. When providers to whom patients are referred communicate the consult report as soon as possible with the referring providers, it ensures that the communication loop is closed in a timely manner and that the data are included in the submission to CMS.

This eCQM is a patient-based measure.

This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.5. Please refer to the eCQI resource center for more information on the QDM.

The provider who refers the patient to another provider is the provider who should be held accountable for the performance of this measure.

The provider to whom the patient was referred should be the same provider that sends the report.

If there are multiple referrals for a patient during the measurement period, use the first referral.

The provider to whom the patient was referred is responsible for sending the consultant report that will fulfill the communication. Note: this is not the same provider who would report on the measure.

The consultant report that will successfully close the referral loop should be related to the first referral for a patient during the measurement period. If there are multiple consultant reports received by the referring provider which pertain to a particular referral, use the first consultant report to satisfy the measure. Eligible professionals or eligible clinicians reporting on this measure should note that all data for the reporting year is to be submitted by the deadline established by CMS. Therefore, eligible professionals or eligible clinicians who refer patients towards the end of the reporting period (i.e., November - December), should request that providers to whom they referred their patients share their consult reports as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator during the measurement period. When providers to whom patients are referred communicate the consult report as soon as possible with the referring providers, it ensures that the communication loop is closed in a timely manner and that the data are included in the submission to CMS.

This eCQM is a patient-based measure.

This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.5. Please refer to the eCQI resource center (https://ecqi.healthit.gov/qdm) for more information on the QDM.

The clinician who refers the patient to another clinician is the clinician who should be held accountable for the performance of this measure.

Only the first referral made between January 1 – October 31 of the measurement period will be considered for this measure to allow adequate time for the referring clinician to collect the consult report by the end of the measurement period.

If there are multiple referrals for a patient during the measurement period, use the first referral.

The clinician to whom the patient was referred is responsible for sending the consultant report that will fulfill the communication. Note: this is not the same clinician who would report on the measure.

The consultant report that will successfully close the referral loop should be related to the first referral for a patient during the measurement period. If there are multiple consultant reports received by the referring clinician which pertain to a particular referral, use the first consultant report to satisfy the measure. Eligible clinicians reporting on this measure should note that all data for the performance period is to be submitted by the deadline established by CMS. Therefore, eligible clinicians who refer patients towards the end of the performance period (i.e., October), should request that clinicians to whom they referred their patients share their consult reports as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator during the measurement period. When clinicians to whom patients are referred communicate the consult report as soon as possible with the referring clinician, it ensures that the communication loop is closed in a timely manner and that the data are included in the submission to CMS.

This eCQM is a patient-based measure.

This version of the eCQM uses QDM version 5.6. Please refer to the QDM page for more information on the QDM.

MIPS Quality ID 374 374 374
Meaningful Measure Transfer of Health Information and Interoperability Transfer of Health Information and Interoperability Transfer of Health Information and Interoperability
Telehealth Eligible Yes Yes Yes
Next Version CMS50v10 CMS50v11 No Version Available
Previous Version No Version Available

Release Notes

Header

  • Updated eCQM Version Number.

    Measure Section: eCQM Version Number

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated the measure developer field.

    Measure Section: Measure Developer

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated copyright.

    Measure Section: Copyright

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Updated disclaimer.

    Measure Section: Disclaimer

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated existing references to align with American Psychological Association (APA) formatting.

    Measure Section: Reference

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated abbreviation in the definition field.

    Measure Section: Definition

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Added text to identify the Quality Data Model (QDM) version used in the measure specification.

    Measure Section: Guidance

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Added text to indicate whether the measure is patient-based or episode-based.

    Measure Section: Guidance

    Source of Change: Standards Update

Logic

  • Added alternate datatype option for identifying the first referral based upon feedback.

    Measure Section: Definitions

    Source of Change: ONC Project Tracking System (Jira): CQM-3561

  • QDM v5.5 standards update: Added 'relevantDatetime' attribute to QDM datatypes. 'RelevantDatetime' indicates when the action occurred whereas 'authorDatetime' indicates when the action was recorded.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • QDM v5.5 standards update: Updated 'Communication, Performed' timing to use new 'sent dateTime' and 'received dateTime' attributes to better align with measure intent.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Revised Clinical Quality Language (CQL) definition construction to reduce the overall complexity of the measure logic without changing the intent and/or application of data element. These revisions were intended to make the definition logic less complex, easier to understand, and more meaningful.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • Updated CQL expression to conform with the HL7 Standard: Clinical Quality Language Specification, Release 1 STU 4 (CQL 1.4).

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Standards Update

  • Updated CQL definition names and aliases used to more closely align with clinical concept intent or create consistency of naming across measures.

    Measure Section: Multiple Sections

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

Value Set

The VSAC is the source of truth for the value set content, please visit the VSAC for downloads of current value sets.

  • Value set Referral (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.101.12.1046): Deleted 1 SNOMED CT code (306274009) based on terminology update.

    Measure Section: Terminology

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Value set Consultant Report (2.16.840.1.113883.3.464.1003.121.12.1006): Deleted 1 LOINC code (60570-9).

    Measure Section: Terminology

    Source of Change: Annual Update

Last Updated: May 04, 2022