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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Technical Instructions for QRDA Category I Submissions for eCQM Reporting to the Hospital IQR and the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on June 16, 2017 - 11:28am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued technical guidance for vendors on how to correctly submit Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I files electronically using QRDA templates for the Encounter Order/Performed, Diagnosis, Device Order, and Transfer From/To Quality Data Model (QDM) data types. This guidance is for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) submissions for calendar year (CY) 2017 and QRDA Category I files only.

Now Available: Quality Data Model (QDM) v5.3

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on June 16, 2017 - 11:27am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL). Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) released in Fall 2017 (version 5.4).

QRDA

Submitted by Ruth Gatiba on June 8, 2017 - 5:08pm

What is the Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA)?

The Health Level Seven International (HL7) Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) is a standard document format for the exchange of electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data. QRDA reports:

CQL

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on June 6, 2017 - 10:34am

What is Clinical Quality Language (CQL)?

Clinical Quality Language (CQL) is an HL7 standard for trial use (STU). It is part of the effort to harmonize standards between electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and clinical decision support (CDS). CQL provides the ability to express logic that is human readable yet structured enough for processing a query electronically. In the future, CQL is being considered for use in all of the clinical quality measure HQMF electronic specifications.

QDM User Group Webinar

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on June 6, 2017 - 9:16am

The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Cooking with CQL: or How to Incorporate CQL into HQMF for eCQMs Webinar

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on June 4, 2017 - 3:57pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to a “Cooking with Clinical Quality Language (CQL): or How to Incorporate CQL into Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)” webinar.

The Cooking with CQL series provides an interactive environment for measure developers. The upcoming session will feature open discussion from subject matter experts on the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT), show how to express measures using CQL and review prepared questions.