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News stories related to eCQI.

Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus for 2017 CMS QRDA III 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified an additional advancing care information identifier for use with the 2017 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category III (QRDA III) Implementation Guide (IG) Version 1.0 for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals Programs. The identifier ACI_IACEHRT_1 for Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus should…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an updated schematron for the 2018 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Implementation Guide (IG) for Hospital Quality Reporting. This guidance is for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) submissions for calendar year (CY) 2018 and QRDA Category I files only. QRDA Category I file submissions are for the following:

  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program
  • Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical…
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Effective on December 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Conformance Statement Resource and moved it to a new location on the eCQI Resource Center. The document was previously located on the QualityNet and Quality Reporting Center websites. The Conformance Statement Resource assists Calendar Year (CY) 2017 data submitters to troubleshoot the most commonly occurring conformance…

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Quality Payment Program Year 2 Policies are Gradually Preparing Clinicians for Full Implementation

On November 2nd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the…

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Effective October 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has moved the source of truth of the CMS QRDA Reference and Implementation Guides (IGs) from the eCQM Library Page to the QRDA page of the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center.  The eCQM Library Page will sunset at the end of the year and will be replaced with a redirect link to the eCQI Resource Center. 

The CMS QRDA Reference and IGs contain technical implementation guidance for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals,…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published updated sample files (Updated July 2017) for the 2017 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Implementation Guide (IG) for Hospital Quality Reporting. The sample files now address newly released guidance on proper submission of QRDA Category I files using wrappers (referred to as “Act wrappers”) to ensure correct measure calculation of…

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Want to contribute to future heath IT policies and standards? You may now apply to become a member of the new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). Applications for the Department of Health and Human Services appointments on the committee will be accepted until noon (EST) on August 4, 2017.  Interested professionals are encouraged to …

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The Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) is a Health Level Seven (HL7) standard for representing a health quality measure as an electronic document. HQMF, previously a draft standard for trial use (DSTU), is now a normative standard and is available for download by HL7 members. This latest version has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a normative standard. HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measure Format (eMeasure) Release 1 provides a…

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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…

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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…

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