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eCQM Calculations Libraries and Technical Services July 24, 2018 - 6:52am

These open source libraries provide a proof-of-concept implementation of eCQMs against patient information represented in Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). These libraries reuse the calculation engine developed within Bonnie and Cypress and adapt it to a FHIR data model. They can be used as a starting point for an implementation of eCQMs from FHIR-based data.

Monthly CMS Health IT Vendor Workgroup Calls Have Resumed July 22, 2018 - 3:29pm

Led by CMS program experts, the Health IT Vendor Workgroup has resumed its monthly webinars and Q&A sessions.  

QRDA_Pre-Submission_Tools_Guide_Updated-7.20.2018_508.pdf July 20, 2018 - 6:02pm
Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVA) August 16, 2018 - 8:31am

PSVA is an Application Program Interface (API) which provides vendors, hospitals and providers with a method for validating eCQM files within their own system/environment prior to submission and for securely transporting valid files to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PSVA tool assists in identifying and correcting Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I file format errors for test and production files prior to data submission to the CMS eCQM data receiving system QualityNet Secure Portal.

Hospital IQR-Promoting Interoperability Program Alignment Outreach and Education Webinar July 18, 2018 - 4:45pm

The Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) invite you to this outreach and education webinar for participants in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and the Promoting Interoperability Program (previously known as the Electronic Health Record [EHR] Incentive Program).

eCQM_2018QRDA_HQR_CMS_IG_0.pdf July 17, 2018 - 1:13pm
Quality Net July 17, 2018 - 12:32pm

QualityNet provides healthcare quality improvement news, resources and data reporting tools and applications. QualityNet is the only CMS-approved site for secure communications and healthcare quality data exchange between healthcare organizations and facilities.

2018 Person-Centered CDS Learning Network Annual Meeting Draft Agenda Posted July 17, 2018 - 8:04am

The preliminary agenda for the 2018 Person-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network Annual Meeting October 15, 2018 is now available.  The day promises to be filled with information for all stakeholders including presentations from our keynote speakers, David W. Bates, MD, MSc, FACMI and Christopher Harle, PhD, MS. 

QDM_v5.4_Release_7.16.2018_508.pdf July 16, 2018 - 8:07pm
ecqm-au-prepublication2019.pdf July 16, 2018 - 12:41pm
eCQI Resource Center August 16, 2018 - 8:11am

This website provides eCQI resources and connections with the community of professionals who are dedicated to electronic clinical quality improvement for better health. It provides eCQM electronic specifications along with tool and resource links. It serves as “the one-stop shop for the most current resources to support electronic clinical quality improvement.”

Cypress Validation Utility July 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

The Cypress QRDA Validator provides implementers with the ability to validate the conformance of QRDA Category I and Category III documents to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 CMS implementation guides:

  • 2016 (EP/EH)
  • 2017 (EP/EH)
  • 2018 (EH Only)

The Cypress QRDA Validator provides implementers with the ability to validate the conformance of QRDA Category I and Category III documents to the following HL7 implementation guides:

Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®) July 13, 2018 - 3:56pm

UMLS® is a set of files and software that brings together many health and biomedical vocabularies and standards to enable interoperability between computer systems. UMLS® is used to enhance or develop applications, such as electronic health records, classification tools, dictionaries and language translators.

Clinical Quality Framework July 13, 2018 - 3:48pm

CQF Framework is a collaborative community of participants from the public and private sectors focused on providing the tools, services and guidance to facilitate the functional exchange of health information. CQF Framework focuses on identifying, defining, and harmonizing electronic standards that promote integration between CDS and eCQM.

Pioneers in Quality July 13, 2018 - 3:43pm

Pioneers in Quality (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption that includes educational programs (e.g., webinars for CEUs), a resource portal, recognition categories, an advisory council, a modified annual report, speaker’s bureau outreach, a peer–to–peer solution exchange, as well as having a strong focus on partnering with hospitals to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and their families.

Measures Management System Blueprint July 13, 2018 - 3:41pm

The Blueprint is a guidance document which provides a standardized system for developing and maintaining the quality measures used in various quality initiatives and programs. Includes information on Measure Development Concepts, Measure Lifecycle, eCQM Lifecycle, as well as Tools, Appendices, and Forms.

Kaizen July 13, 2018 - 3:39pm

Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve incremental changes in order to improve efficiency and quality. It focuses on removing process waste and maximizing value to the customer (in this case the patient). CMS and ONC have focused on eCQM development and implementation.

Implementation Guides (IGs) – CMS August 16, 2018 - 10:13am

Implementation Guides developed by CMS to support Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) implementation for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Clinicians, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals for eCQM reporting.

Now Available: Quality Data Model (QDM) v5.4 July 2, 2018 - 10:31am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the Quality Data Model (QDM) standard, version 5.4. The standard has been updated to align with the emerging standard, Health Level Seven International (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and add increased explicit capabilities. Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) to be released in Fall 2018 (MAT v5.6).

Conference Announcement: Leveraging Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support: Addressing the National Opioid Crisis and Beyond June 27, 2018 - 12:45pm

On October 15, 2018, the Patient Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN) is hosting a one-day conference to bring together diverse stakeholders to learn about and discuss key issues in drafting a National Opioid Action Plan. They will also set an agenda for developing, disseminating, and applying PCCDS in other domains. They invite you to please join them for this exciting event!