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The who, what, when, where, and why of eCQMs
A selection of educational materials and resources to broaden your eCQI knowledge
Mar 22 2017
QualityNet Secure Portal No Longer Accepting Submissions for CY 2016 eCQM Reporting
The QualityNet Secure Portal is no longer accepting electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) reporting for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) or the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs with the close of the submission period on March 13, 2017. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will notify hospitals and their vendors when the system will be available for CY 2017 data... Read more
Mar 16 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites vendors and stakeholders to review and provide feedback on draft electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) measure packages that include logic and header changes for eCQMs under consideration for CMS quality reporting and payment programs.
This opportunity will allow CMS to learn from EHR vendors who have the technical capabilities to test the Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF) code by directly consuming machine readable XML files for eCQMs. Testing will help CMS to identify instances in which XML code produces errors so... Read more
Mar 10 2017
Available Now on QualityReportingCenter.org – Updated “ECE Policy Clarification Questions and Answers” Document
The updated ECE Policy Clarification Questions and Answers document on Extraordinary Circumstances Extensions/Exemptions (ECE) for calendar year (CY) 2016 eCQM reporting is available now on QualityReportingCenter.org.
CMS previously developed a list of questions and answers to help clarify the ECE policy for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program. This updated... Read more
Mar 10 2017
CMS Notification to Hospitals, CAHs, and Vendors – Temporary Unavailability of Queued Submission Detail Reports and eCQM Submission and Performance Reports for Hospitals and CAHs Who have Successfully Met eCQM Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken additional actions to help alleviate the situation of very slow processing times for Electronic Health Record (EHR) Hospital Reports related to electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) due to a large backlog of reports in the QualityNet Secure Portal production system (sometimes referred to as ‘long running’ reports). The primary focus is to provide reports in a timely manner for hospitals that have not yet achieved successful submission status for calendar year (CY) 2016 eCQM reporting to the Inpatient... Read more
Mar 08 2017
Now Available: 2017 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document
Review Important Updates to eCQM Standards, Terminology, and Measures for Quality Reporting in 2018
The 2017 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document describes important standards, terminology, and measure changes in the 2017 eCQM Annual Update, slated for late spring 2017. The changes correspond to the 2018 reporting periods for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting programs.
This transparent pre-... Read more
Mar 08 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support Contractor have released an updated version of the QRDA Category I Conformance Statement Resource interactive educational resource. The updated version includes an overview and troubleshooting information for a total of 29 conformance errors.
When test or production QRDA Category I files are submitted for processing to the CMS data receiving system through the... Read more
Mar 03 2017
CMS Publishes Updated eCQM Table for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals for 2017 Performance Period
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an updated table accompanying the 2016 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications (published in April 2016) for the 2017 performance period. The updated table, titled Electronic Clinical Quality Measures for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians can be found on the... Read more
Mar 02 2017
The eCQI Resource Center now includes a more powerful keyword-based search capability. The system now searches all of the content and documents on the site and allows users to filter the search results by type, date, function, user level, etc. Search results are now ranked by relevance, allowing users to find what they want more quickly. Other advanced features include requiring and disallowing keywords, phrase searching, and wildcards.
The Search feature found on the upper right-hand corner of each page on the eCQI Resource Center.
Mar 02 2017
QRDA eCQM Submission Customer Satisfaction Survey Deadline Extended - Feedback Requested by March 20, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) would like to know more about your experience submitting Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I files containing electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs). Whether your comments are in regards to submitting test or production files for the Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) Program, your feedback is very important to CMS in order to improve the process.
The survey is intended for hospital staff or vendors, working on the hospital’s behalf, who are responsible for submitting QRDA Category I files to CMS for quality... Read more