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Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) Updated for 2017

April 20, 2017 - 7:22pm

Now Available:  eCQMsinfo-icon Updated for 2017

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2016 annual update for electronic clinical quality measuresinfo-icon (eCQMs) for eligible hospitalsinfo-icon and eligible professionalsinfo-icon. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2017 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs.

CMS updates the specificationsinfo-icon annually to improve their alignmentinfo-icon with current clinical guidelines and code systems so that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.

Where to Find the Updated Measures

The updated measure specifications are available on the this eCQI Resource Centerinfo-icon for Eligible Hospitals and for Eligible Professionals and the CMS website eCQM Library.

  • 29 updated measures for eligible hospitals for the 2017 reporting period

      Reporting period for eligible hospitals is defined as the measure data capture period of the calendar year between January 1 and December 31.

  • 64 updated measures for eligible professionals for the 2017 performance period

      Performance period for eligible professionals is defined as the measure data capture period of the calendar year between January 1 and December 31.

All of the updated measure specifications have been re-specified using QDM 4.2 based-HQMF version R 2.1. 

To obtain the value setsinfo-icon for the eCQMs, you can download packages in multiple file formats from the “Downloads” page at the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). The value sets are available as a complete set, as well as value sets per measure. You will be required to login with Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License credentials, also available through the VSACinfo-icon website. The Data Element Catalog, an additional resource linked on the VSAC home page, contains the complete list of updated eCQMs and value setinfo-icon names.


Last Updated: June 19, 2018