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eCQI Tools & Key Resources

Tools & Resources

The eCQM Informational Tools, Resources, and Collaboration (InfoTRAC) referenced in this section are openly available and are provided for stakeholder use. They provide a foundation for the development, implementation, reporting, help, and feedback of quality measures and their improvement.

Diagram of the eCQM lifecycle showing the progression through the stages of development, implementation, reporting, and help & feedback then returning to development for maintenance.

Find the Tools and Resources You Need

You can browse and search all of the tools and resources by visiting the eCQI Tools and Resources Library.
The standards and tools versions listed for each reporting/performance period are the versions used to create and/or support the implementation of the specific reporting/performance period specifications. Newer versions of the standards and tools may be available, but were not used in the development of the reporting/performance period listed.

Reporting/Performance Period eCQM Annual Update Tool and Resource Versions Standard Versions
The eCQM tools and resources provide a foundation for the development, testing, certification, publication, implementation, reporting, and continuous evaluation of quality measures and their improvement. You can refine the tool list by selecting a category of interest and/or a role that best describes your needs, or you can also click a specific tool from the list below to view additional details.


Continuous Evaluation/Feedback, Development, Implementation
Who Uses Tool:
CDS Developer/Steward, Health IT Developer/Vendor, Measure Developer/Steward

The Environmental Scanning Support Tool (ESST) is a tool within the CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) environment. It makes it easier to complete the environmental scans required in the information gathering process to develop and maintain quality measures. The ESST reduces the time needed to scan literature from months to hours, saving immense amounts of resources. Conventional literature reviews use keyword searches to find the relevant research that has been published on a topic, a collection that may contain millions of documents. The ESST uses an automated natural language processing (NLP) approach that rapidly scans literature in PubMed and PubMed Central and the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) to:

  • Identify relevant documents (abstracts and full-text articles)

  • Identify and extract the specific knowledge within each relevant document that applies to the measure’s potential opportunity for improvement.

Last Updated: May 07, 2021