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Now Available: eCQM Annual Update Pre-Publication Document

February 10, 2020 - 09:48am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document, which describes changes in the standards and code system versions used in the updated eCQMs for potential use in CMS quality reporting programs for 2021 reporting/performance. 

The Pre-Publication Document is designed to help health information technology (IT)/electronic health record (EHR) developers, Eligible Professionals/Eligible Clinicians, and Eligible Hospitals/Critical Access Hospitals prepare for the 2021 reporting/performance period through transparent pre-release of expected standards and code system versions.

The eCQM annual update for 2021 reporting/performance is expected to be available spring 2020. Please sign up for and follow the electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center, CMS, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) listservs to receive updates and announcements on the eCQM specifications’ publication and related content.

Please submit questions or comments regarding the standards being used or the upcoming eCQM annual update to the eCQM Issue Tracker.

Upcoming: CMS will invite vendors and stakeholders to review and provide feedback on draft eCQM packages that include annual update logic and header changes for eCQMs under consideration for CMS quality reporting and payment programs. The draft measures in HTML, XML, and JSON formats will be available February 24 to March 6 on the eCQM Issue Tracker. CMS will issue an announcement when the draft measures are available for feedback.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020