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CMS releases FY 2018 Hospital Inpatient PPS proposed rule

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Submitted by Edna Boone on April 21, 2017 - 7:51am

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. 

Read CMS news summary.

Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) Updated for 2017

Submitted by Ruth Gatiba on April 20, 2017 - 7:22pm

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.

Corrections to the 2015 Update eCQM Measures for 2016 eReporting are Posted

Submitted by Ruth Gatiba on April 20, 2017 - 6:43pm

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).

Get involved in eCQM development and their updates

Submitted by Ruth Gatiba on April 20, 2017 - 6:42pm

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.

v1.3.7 Update of the Bonnie Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Testing Tool

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on April 20, 2017 - 5:58pm

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).

NLM launched VSAC update version 2.10.0 on August 21, 2015

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on April 20, 2017 - 5:52pm

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:

Overview of update is listed within this news item.

UPDATED: Code System Versions

RxNorm 2015-08 and LOINC 2.52