Available Now on QualityReportingCenter.org – Updated “ECE Policy Clarification Questions and Answers” Document

The updated ECE Policy Clarification Questions and Answers document on Extraordinary Circumstances Extensions/Exemptions (ECE) for calendar year (CY) 2016 eCQM reporting is available now on QualityReportingCenter.org.

CMS previously developed a list of questions and answers to help clarify the ECE policy for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.  This updated ECE Policy Clarification Questions and Answers can be found under the eCQM Resource section on the Quality Reporting Center website; it will also be posted under the ECE tab of the eCQM section of the QualityNet.org website in the coming days.  Please follow the instructions on the QualityNet.org website to ensure the timely submission of the ECE request form before the April 1, 2017, deadline for ECE requests related to CY 2016 eCQM reporting.

NOTE: Hospitals that have previously submitted an ECE request for CY 2016 eCQM reporting and were initially denied may submit a new ECE request with the most current supporting documentation for CY 2016 reporting.  All supporting documentation must be provided at the time the ECE request form is submitted.

For further assistance regarding the information contained in this message, please contact the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support Team at https://cms-ip.custhelp.com or (844) 472-4477, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET.

If additional assistance is required regarding the QualityNet Secure Portal, Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVA), file error messages, or EHR hospital reports within the QualityNet Secure Portal, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org or (866) 288-8912, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT.