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Now Available: Visit the eCQM Issue Tracker to Review eCQM Draft Measure Packages for 2020 Reporting/Performance Periods

March 4, 2019 - 10:58am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites vendors and stakeholders to review and provide feedback on draft electronic clinical quality measureinfo-icon (eCQMinfo-icon) packages that include logic and header changes for eCQMsinfo-icon under consideration for CMS quality reporting and payment programs.

This opportunity will allow CMS to learn from electronic health record vendors that have the technical capabilities to review the draft measures in the Clinical Quality Language (CQL)info-icon standard for logic expression and test the Health Quality Measuresinfo-icon Format (HQMF) code by directly consuming machine-readable XML files for eCQMs. Testing will help CMS to identify instances in which the XML code produces errors so that issues can be resolved prior to posting the fully specified measures in spring 2019. The draft measures in HTMLinfo-icon, XML, and JSON formats are available March 1, 2019 through March 21, 2019, on the ONC Project Tracking System (JIRA)info-icon eCQM Issue Tracker via the following tickets:

Updating eCQMs for 2020 Reporting/Performance Periods

CMS is updating Eligible Hospital/Critical Access Hospital and Eligible Professional/Eligible Clinician eCQMs for potential inclusion in the following programs:

The updated eCQMs will be available on the eCQI Resource Center in spring 2019. The measures will be expressed using CQL logic and will continue to use the Quality Data Model (QDM)info-icon as the conceptual model to express clinical concepts contained within quality measures. Refer to the QDM v5.4 and current version of the CQL standard to better understand how they work together to provide eCQMs that are human readable, yet structured for electronic processing. Measures will not be eligible for 2020 reporting unless and until they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable program.

Last Updated: March 4, 2019