Now Available: 2017 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update

May 5, 2017 - 8:52am

CMS posted the 2017 annual update for eCQMs for CY 2018 reporting for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and CY 2018 performance for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Clinicians on May 5, 2017. The updated eCQMs are fully specified.  Measures will not be eligible for 2018 reporting unless and until they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable quality reporting programs.

CMS updates the specifications annually to align with current clinical guidelines and code systems so they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.  All of the updated measure specifications have been re-specified using the Quality Data Model (QDM) 4.3-based Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF) version R 2.1.


CMS has updated eCQMs for potential inclusion in the following programs:


  •        The Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program
  •        The Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
  •        The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for EPs, Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
  •        Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for MIPS Eligible Clinicians and Alternative Payment Models


Where to Find the Updated Measures

The updated measure specifications are available on this website: Click here for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals and click here for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians.


Note: The eCQMs and supporting materials are no longer available on the eCQM Library webpage of CMS plans to migrate all information on the library webpage to the eCQI Resource Center later this year.


Provide Feedback on the Updated Measures

To report questions and comments regarding the updated measures, visit the ONC CQM Issue Tracker.


Last Updated: May 5, 2017