Updated Technical Release Notes for the Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Set Addendum for the 4th Quarter 2017 and 2018 Reporting

October 23, 2017 - 5:59pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised technical release notes (TRNs) for the addendum to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) annual update specifications for the 4th Quarter 2017 reporting and the 2018 reporting periods. Revisions were made to TRNs for the following measures for the 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting for Eligible Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) measures: CMS71v6, CMS72v5, CMS104v5, and CMS108v5. Revisions were made to TRNs for the following measures for 2018 reporting: Eligible Hospital and CAH measure CMS108v6; and Eligible Clinician and Eligible Professional (EP) measures CMS90v7, CMS117v6, CMS136v7, CMS137v6, CMS146v6, CMS147v7, CMS156v6, CMS164v6, and CMS166v7.

The revised TRN files were updated to reflect:

  • The inclusion of additional TRNs to accurately document all applicable coding changes for each measure
  • The removal of TRNs that were irrelevant to a specific measure, and/or
  • The numbers of codes indicated in the TRNs.

Updates have been made to the TRNs for:

  • 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting Period for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
  • 2018 Reporting Period for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
  • 2018 Performance Period for Eligible Clinicians and EPs

Please note that only the TRNs have been updated. The value set content recently published in September as part of the addenda have not changed.

Revised TRN files are now available for download on the Eligible Professional / Eligible Clinician eCQMs and Eligible Hospital / Critical Access Hospital eCQMs webpages of the eCQI Resource Center.