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Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report


General eCQM Information

CMS Measure ID CMS50v6
NQF Number None
Measure 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 Statement

Equals Initial Population

Denominator Exclusions


Numerator Statement

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


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

A higher score indicates better quality


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 see patients towards the end of the reporting period (ie, December in particular), should communicate the consultant report as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator. Communicating the report as soon as possible will ensure the data is included in the submission to CMS.

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Release Notes


  • ​Incremented eMeasure Version number.

    Measure Section: eMeasure Version number

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • ​Updated Copyright.

    Measure Section: Copyright

    Source of Change: Annual Update

  • Updated References.

    Measure Section: Reference

    Source of Change: Measure Lead

  • ​Updated Guidance.

    Measure Section: Guidance

    Source of Change: JIRA (CQM-2313)

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): Added 30 SNOMEDCT codes and deleted 4 SNOMEDCT codes (306160005, 306161009, 306162002, 390807002).

    Measure Section: QDM Data Elements

    Source of Change: Annual Update

Last Updated: May 06, 2020