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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.

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.

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

2016 ONC Annual Meeting

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on April 20, 2017 - 4:48pm

The 2016 ONC Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Visit the meeting website to learn more as details become available in the coming weeks. Registration opens on Monday, April 18 and will close on Tuesday, May 17.