Now Available: 2018 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Set Addendum for Eligible Clinician, Eligible Professional, and Hospital Quality Reporting Programs

September 29, 2017 - 2:45pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an addendum to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) annual update specifications published in May 2017. The addendum updates the eCQM value sets, technical release notes, and the binding parameter specification for the 2018 Reporting period for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the Performance period for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Clinicians, and is now available on the eCQI Resource Center.  

These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the following programs:

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

All changes to the 2018 Reporting/Performance Period eCQM value sets are available through the National Library of Medicine’s Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). The value sets are available as a complete set, as well as value sets per measure. Measure implementers should review these changes to ensure their submissions comply with the updated requirements.

Please note that we have revised the value sets based on updates to the following terminology code systems:

  • International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS)
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) 
  • RxNorm
  • SNOMED CT
  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Vaccine Administered (CVX)
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

No changes have been made to the measure logic, the Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) specifications, the value set object identifiers (OIDs), and the measure version numbers for 2018 eCQM reporting.

For More Information

Questions regarding the addendum and eCQM value sets should be submitted to the ONC CQM Issue Tracker. For information about eCQM specifications and supplemental materials, visit the eCQI Resource Center

Last Updated: September 29, 2017