eCQM Development - Concept/Specification

QDM - Quality Data Model

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on August 14, 2018 - 3:03pm

What is the Quality Data Model (QDM)?

The Quality Data Model (QDM) is an information model that defines relationships between patients and clinical concepts in a standardized format to enable electronic quality performance measurement. The model is the current structure for electronically representing quality measure concepts for stakeholders involved in electronic quality measurement development and reporting. The QDM is currently being aligned with other relevant clinical decision support (CDS) standards.

CMS Announces Updates to eCQM Value Sets for 2019 Reporting and Performance Periods

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on August 1, 2018 - 5:43pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will publish updates to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets to align with the most recent releases to terminologies, including, but not limited to, International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS), SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).


What is Kaizen?

Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve incremental changes in order to improve efficiency and quality. It focuses on removing process waste and maximizing value to the customer (in this case the patient).

Now Available: Quality Data Model (QDM) v5.4

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on July 2, 2018 - 10:10am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the Quality Data Model (QDM) standard, version 5.4. The standard has been updated to align with the emerging standard, Health Level Seven International (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and add increased explicit capabilities. Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) to be released in Fall 2018 (MAT v5.6).

CDS/eCQM Harmonization

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on June 5, 2018 - 1:33pm

How are CDS & eCQM different?

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) are closely related, share many common requirements, and support health care quality improvement. It’s important to also understand the differences between them and the efforts to help them work together (harmonize).

The standards used for the electronic representation of CDS and eCQM were developed separately and use different data models and computable expression languages. The use of different standards