eCQI

Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI)

Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) uses a variety of processes , health IT tools, standards and measurement to help continuously improve the quality of care, support improved health and outcomes. Health IT enables this improvement through the rapid feedback of performance via electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as well as real-time improvement tools such as clinical decision support (CDS).

Specifications for electronic clinical quality measures for use in Medicare and Medicaid programs are created by CMS and certified by ONC. Measures quantify improvement in the quality and safety of care, health outcomes of populations, and provider and patient experience of care. The standards used for the electronic representation of quality data formats in eCQMs are proposed and approved by standards organizations and stakeholders in the eCQI community and approved by CMS for measures used within their quality incentive programs. Tools are that help with the development, testing and certification of eCQMs are highlighted on the eCQM tools page.

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    The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.
     
    The QDM User Group responds to requests for additional clarification or content from measure developers and others submitting information to the ONC JIRA tracking system QDM section. The next QDM User Group webinar for participants in the QDM User Group is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule. It is currently on display and accessible on the Federal Register; please see pages 418 - 438 and 779 - 780 for the preamble and proposed regulation text regarding the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Program. On July 21, 2017, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register.

    In conjunction with the CY 2018 PFS proposed rule, CMS posted the newly qualified Provider-Led Entities and Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms, which are available on the CMS website.

    A comment period on this proposed rule is open for 60 days. Questions and comments are helpful to receive during the public comment period as CMS prepares the final rule. To be assured consideration, comments and questions must be received no later than 5 p.m. on September 11, 2017. In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1676-P. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to Regulations.gov. You are welcome to send a copy of your comment to the AUC email resource.

Friday, July 14

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2018 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) Implementation Guide (IG), Schematron, and sample files.

    The 2018 CMS QRDA HQR IG provides technical instructions for QRDA Category I reporting for Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for the following programs:

    • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program
    • Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for EHs and CAHs 

    The 2018 CMS QRDA I HQR IG contains the following high-level changes compared with the reporting specifications for EHs and CAHs in the 2017 CMS QRDA I HQR IG:

    • The 2018 HQR IG is based on the HL7 IG for CDA Release 2: QRDA Category I, Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU) Release 4, which supports the Quality Data Model (QDM) version 4.3
    • The CMS Certification Identification Number is now a required data element
    • Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) should be submitted if the payer is Medicare and the patient has an MBI number assigned

    Additional QRDA-Related Resources:

    You can find additional QRDA-related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, on the eCQI Resource Center and the CMS eCQM Library. For questions related to the QRDA Implementation Guides or Schematrons, visit the ONC QRDA JIRA Issue Tracker.

    CMS has also published the 2017 CMS Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals Programs QRDA Category III IG with Schematron and sample files on the eCQI Resource Center.

Tuesday, July 11