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CMS releases FY 2018 Hospital Inpatient PPS proposed rule April 21, 2017 - 7:56am

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 April 20, 2017 - 7:41pm

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.

2015 annual updates for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) April 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

CMS and ONC are excited to announce that the 2015 annual updates for the 2014 eCQMs are now on the eCQI Resource Center. Access the 29 updated measures for eligible hospitals and 64 updated measures for eligible professionals now.

Corrections to the 2015 Update eCQM Measures for 2016 eReporting are Posted April 20, 2017 - 7:36pm

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 April 20, 2017 - 7:47pm

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 April 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

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 2.9.8 on July 1, 2015 April 20, 2017 - 5:57pm

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

NLM launched VSAC update version 2.10.1 on September 25, 2015 April 20, 2017 - 5:56pm

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

NLM launched VSAC update version 2.10.0 on August 21, 2015 April 20, 2017 - 5:56pm

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

MAT Version 4.3.0 Released April 20, 2017 - 5:51pm

Detailed release notes and an updated user guide are available at the MAT public website https://www.emeasuretool.cms.gov under the Training & Resources tab.

The MAT support team are available to answer questions and to provide user support following the release. If you have additional questions, please contact MAT Support by completing the 'Contact Us' form on the Contact Us page of the public website (https://www.emeasuretool.cms.gov/).

Cypress eCQM Testing Tool July 23rd Release April 20, 2017 - 5:49pm

What’s included in the July 23rd release of the Cypress eCQM Testing Tool?

Three updates are included in the July 2015 software release:

1)   Cypress v2.7.0

versions_chart_2017_03_21-508.pdf April 20, 2017 - 6:25pm
2016 ONC Annual Meeting April 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

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. 

New eCQI Resource Center Search Capability April 20, 2017 - 4:43pm

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.

QDM v4.2 August 2015 April 20, 2017 - 6:43pm
Health IT-eEnabled Clinical Quality Improvement Tools for Providers April 20, 2017 - 3:27pm

Providers and those individuals and organizations involved in electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI) activities are encouraged to visit ONC’s new online resources to learn:

eCQI Resource Center Summer Updates April 20, 2017 - 2:25pm

It has been a busy summer for the eCQI Resource Center team.  We invite users to view, use, and provide feedback at ecqi-resource-center@hhs.gov on recently added functionality.  Check out new content and features:

Quick Top-level Topic Navigation Bar

Engage with eCQI page

EP Measure Logic Flows

Enhanced Measure Detail (on EP and EH measure pages)

eCQI Resource Center Webinar April 20, 2017 - 2:16pm

CMS and ONC are excited to offer this resource to better deliver the electronic clinical quality measures and their specifications to meet the needs of providers, measure developers, measure stewards, and health IT developers engaged in health IT-enabled quality improvement.

Join us for a live demonstration to review new measure specification features and for you to provide suggestions for future releases.  We have scheduled two sessions to better accommodate your scheduling.   Two sessions are offered 9-10:00 am EDT or 4-5:00pm EDT.

eCQI Resource Center Demonstration April 20, 2017 - 2:09pm

CMS and ONC would like to re-introduce you to the eCQI Resource Center, the one-stop shop for the most current resources to support electronic clinical quality improvement. We are presenting a demonstration of website core content, along with an overview of the latest website updates, enhancements, and features. The website provides a centralized location for critical clinical quality measure resources, including the electronic clinical quality measures and their specifications, links to tools for measure development, testing, and clinical decision support (CDS).

CQF Pilot Showcase April 20, 2017 - 2:07pm

The Clinical Quality Framework Team will demonstrate the results of pilot work integrating harmonized electronic clinical quality measurement (eCQM) and clinical decision support (CDS) standards. Click for dial-in information.