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Harmonization

The standardization of specificationsinfo-icon for related measures with the same measure focus (for example, influenza immunization of patients in hospitals or nursing homes); related measures for the same target populationinfo-icon (for example, eye exam and HbA1c for patients with diabetes); or definitions applicable to many measures (for example, age designation for children) so that they are uniform or compatible, unless differences are justified (in other words, dictated by the evidence). The dimensions of harmonizationinfo-icon can include numeratorinfo-icon, denominatorinfo-icon, exclusions, calculation, and data source and collection instructions. The extent of harmonization depends on the relationship of the measures, the evidence for the specific measure focus, and differences in data sources. Value setsinfo-icon used in measures (especially eCQMsinfo-icon) should be harmonized when the intended meaning is the same. Harmonization of logic in eCQMs is beneficial when the data source in the EHRinfo-icon is the same.