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Testing

Bonnie

Bonnie is a software tool that allows eCQM developers to test and verify the behavior of their eCQM logic. The Bonnie application allows measure developers to independently load measures that they have constructed using the MAT and helps measure developers execute the measure logic against the constructed patient test deck and evaluate whether the logic aligns with the intent of the measure.

Bonnie User Group

The Bonnie User Group is a community of users that benefit from shared experiences and questions. It allows the development team to easily reach out to the community for new releases, proposed features, and focus group opportunities. To join:

  • Navigate to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bonnie
  • Sign in with a google account or create an account tied to an existing email address: under “Choose your username” click “I prefer to use my current email address.”
  • Click “Join group”

Cypress

Cypress with the fully integrated Cypress Validation Utility + Calculation Check (CVU+) is an open source testing tool used by vendors to certify their EHRs and health information technology (IT) modules for calculating eCQMs. Cypress is an official testing tool for the ONC EHR Certification Program. Testing involves Cypress generating synthetic patient records for the subset of published eCQMs selected for certification and testing the ability of the EHR systems and health IT modules to accurately record, import, calculate, filter, and report eCQMs.

eCQI Resource Center

The eCQI Resource Center is a website which provides eCQI resources and connections with the community of professionals who are dedicated to electronic clinical quality improvement for better health. It provides eCQM electronic specifications along with tool and resource links. It serves as “the one-stop shop for the most current resources to support electronic clinical quality improvement.”

NCQA eCQM Crosswalk

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eCQM crosswalk identifies eCQMs that are tested under the NCQA eMeasure (eCQM) Certification program, accepted in the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, as well as those selected as core America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)/CMS eCQMs and used within NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) reporting. 

 

ONC Project Tracking System (Jira)

Jira is a collaboration platform hosted by the HHS’s Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) which supports the implementation of health information technology. It provides internal and external users with a common place to transparently log, prioritize, and discuss issues with appropriate subject matter experts on many topics. CMS uses Jira during most phases of the eCQM measure lifecycle, including development, implementation, and maintenance.

PSVA

The Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVA) is an application program interface (API) which provides vendors, hospitals, and providers with a method for validating eCQM files within their own system/environment prior to submission and for securely transporting valid files to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PSVA tool has three interfaces as part of the download package and a user is able to select the option that best meets their needs.