Health IT Developer/Vendor
On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals.
The rule proposes some changes to clinical quality measure reporting.
Now Available: eCQMs Updated for 2017
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2016 annual update for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2017 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs.
CMS updates the specifications annually to improve their alignment with current clinical guidelines and code systems so that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.
CMS is updating select electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will electronically report in 2016. These versions of the measures were posted on CMS’ website on May 1, 2015 for the annual update of the 2014 measure set. Errors have been found in the XML renderings of 12 eligible professional eCQMs and 4 eligible hospital eCQMs. Corrections for these measures should affect only those who are electronically consuming the Healthcare Quality Measures Format (HQMF).
CMS provides several opportunities to provide input on eCQM developement and updates: public call for measures, comments on measures under development and through the seeking of technical expert panel members. Visit the CMS Measures Management Systems webpage for a list of current opportunities.
The Bonnie Clinical Quality Measure Testing Tool has been updated to support Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF) R2.1 as the default import format when loading electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) files that have been exported from the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT).
Access Release Notes online by going to VSAC home page, click the [Help] button to navigate to the VSAC Support Center, and click the Release Notes link on the top menu bar. Direct link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/vsac/support/releasenotes/index.html
Access to release notes via the VSAC home page, click the [Help] button to navigate to the VSAC Support Center, and click the Release Notes link on the top menu bar. Direct link: ttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/vsac/support/releasenotes/index.html
Access to V2.10.0 Release Notes are online. Go to the VSAC home page, click the [Help] button to navigate to the VSAC Support Center, and click the Release Notes link on the top menu bar. Direct link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/vsac/support/releasenotes/index.html
Overview of update is listed within this news item.
UPDATED: Code System Versions
RxNorm 2015-08 and LOINC 2.52