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News and updates about the Quality Data Model (QDM).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL). Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) released in Fall 2017 (version 5.4).

QDM v5.3 represents a significant change from prior production versions as it no longer contains any logic expression. Previously published versions of the QDM (…

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QDM v4.3 Release

 

The latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 4.3, was released on October 6, 2016. Support for these features and modifications have been implemented in the latest version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) v4.6.0.

QDM v4.3 changes include the removal of functional status templates, and addition of two assessment status categories and underlying attributes. These changes expand the ability of the QDM to look for any type of assessment.  

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    • Functional Status,…
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CY 2016 eCQM FAQs Tool

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support Contractor (SC) have posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Tool for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs).

The CY 2016 eCQM FAQs Tool (direct link) can be found by navigating your browser to http://www.qualityreportingcenter.com/, selecting INPATIENT, and then…

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In the future, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to incorporate Clinical Quality Language (CQL) into the eCQM development process. To accomplish this future direction, CMS is engaging stakeholders to participate in the development, feedback, and testing of the standard through multiple stages of use in current measures as well as those being developed. When the transition is complete, CQL will replace the Quality Data Model (QDM) logic. To help with the CQL testing, the QDM User Group approved a number of modifications for a draft of QDM version 5.0 for CQL…

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In the future, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to incorporate Clinical Quality Language (CQL) into the eCQM development process. To accomplish this future direction, CMS is engaging stakeholders to participate in the development, feedback, and testing of the standard through multiple stages of use in current measures as well as those being developed. When the transition is complete, CQL will replace the Quality Data Model (QDM) logic. To help with the CQL testing, we have created a proposal to update the timing attributes for each QDM datatype.  

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), published the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs. It can be found on the Federal Register. The RFI was published on December 31, 2015.

As outlined in the RFI, CMS and ONC seek public comment on…

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Friday, June 16

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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL) [1]. Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) released in Fall 2017 (version 5.4).
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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL) [1]. Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) released in Fall 2017 (version 5.4).
     
    QDM v5.3 represents a significant change from prior production versions as it no longer contains any logic expression. Previously published versions of the QDM (through version 4.3) included the data model and logic required to compare one data element to another. Beginning with the QDM v5.0 Draft for use with CQL testing, the QDM includes only the data model, whereas this and future versions require the use of CQL as a separate method for expressing logic. QDM v5.02 and v5.03 included minor changes for use with CQL testing. Version 5.3 is the production version for CQL-based eCQMs.
     
    QDM v5.3 represents a significant change from prior production versions as it no longer contains any logic expression. Previously published versions of the QDM (through version 4.3) included the data model and logic required to compare one data element to another. Beginning with the QDM v5.0 Draft for use with CQL testing, the QDM includes only the data model, whereas this and future versions require the use of CQL as a separate method for expressing logic. QDM v5.02 and v5.03 included minor changes for use with CQL testing. Version 5.3 is the production version for CQL-based eCQMs.
     
    QDM will continue to evolve based on stakeholder input and feedback from the QDM User Group.
     
    QDM will continue to evolve based on stakeholder input and feedback from the QDM User...
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Monday, June 5

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL). Support for these features and modifications will be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) released in Fall 2017 (version 5.4).

    QDM v5.3 represents a significant change from prior production versions as it no longer contains any logic expression. Previously published versions of the QDM (through version 4.3) included the data model and logic required to compare one data element to another. Beginning with the QDM v5.0 Draft for use with CQL testing, the QDM includes only the data model, whereas this and future versions require the use of CQL as a separate method for expressing logic. QDM v5.02 and v5.03 included minor changes for use with CQL testing. Version 5.3 is the production version for CQL-based eCQMs.

    QDM will continue to evolve based on stakeholder input and feedback from the QDM User Group.

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    You can find current and past versions of QDM specifications, QDM User Group meeting information and CQL resources on the eCQI Resource Center

Thursday, October 13 2016

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    You can find current and past versions of QDM specifications and other QDM resources on the eCQI Resource Center QDM Space [1].
     
    You can find current and past versions of QDM specifications and other QDM resources on the eCQI Resource Center QDM Space [1].
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    [1] https://ecqi.healthit.gov/qdm
     
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    The latest changes to the Quality Data Model (QDM) specification, version 4.3, was released on October 6, 2016. Support for these features and modifications have been implemented in the latest version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) v4.6.0.

    QDM v4.3 changes include the removal of functional status templates, and addition of two assessment status categories and underlying attributes. These changes expand the ability of the QDM to look for any type of assessment.  

    • Removed
      • Functional Status, Performed
      • Functional Status, Recommended
      • Functional Status, Order
      • Risk Category Assessment
    • Added
      • Assessment, Performed
      • Assessment, Recommended

    QDM will continue to evolve based on stakeholder input and feedback from the QDM User Group.

    For More Information

    You can find current and past versions of QDM specifications and other QDM resources on the eCQI Resource Center QDM Space.

Thursday, August 4 2016

Thursday, June 16 2016

Thursday, June 2 2016

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    12:54pm EDT
    Changes to Body
     
    In the future, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to incorporate Clinical Quality Language (CQL) into the eCQM development process. To accomplish this future direction, CMS is engaging stakeholders to participate in the development, feedback, and testing of the standard through multiple stages of use in current measures as well as those being developed. When the transition is complete, CQL will replace the Quality Data Model (QDM) logic. To help with the CQL testing, we have created a proposal to update the timing attributes for each QDM datatype.  
     
    In the future, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to incorporate Clinical Quality Language (CQL) into the eCQM development process. To accomplish this future direction, CMS is engaging stakeholders to participate in the development, feedback, and testing of the standard through multiple stages of use in current measures as well as those being developed. When the transition is complete, CQL will replace the Quality Data Model (QDM) logic. To help with the CQL testing, we have created a proposal to update the timing attributes for each QDM datatype.  
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    The ESAC team is seeking comments on the draft proposal, including the text descriptions. Download this QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal and send comments by June 13, 2013 to qdm@esacinc.com [1].
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    The ESAC team is seeking comments on the draft proposal, including the text descriptions. Download this QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal and send comments by June 13, 2016 to qdm@esacinc.com [1].
     
    QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal [2]
     
    QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal [2]
     
     
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    10:38am EDT

    In the future, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to incorporate Clinical Quality Language (CQL) into the eCQM development process. To accomplish this future direction, CMS is engaging stakeholders to participate in the development, feedback, and testing of the standard through multiple stages of use in current measures as well as those being developed. When the transition is complete, CQL will replace the Quality Data Model (QDM) logic. To help with the CQL testing, we have created a proposal to update the timing attributes for each QDM datatype.  

    The ESAC team is seeking comments on the draft proposal, including the text descriptions. Download this QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal and send comments by June 13, 2016 to qdm@esacinc.com.

    QDM 5.0 Timing Interval Proposal

Monday, February 1 2016

  • 10:34am EST

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), published the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs. It can be found on the Federal Register. The RFI was published on December 31, 2015.

    As outlined in the RFI, CMS and ONC seek public comment on several items related to the certification of health information technology (IT), including Electronic health record (EHR) products used for reporting to the:

    • EHR Incentive Programs; and
    • Certain CMS quality reporting programs such as, but not limited to, the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). 

     CMS and ONC request feedback on how often to require recertification, the number of CQMs a certified Health IT Module should be required to certify to and ways to improve testing of certified Health IT Module(s).  The feedback will inform CMS and ONC of elements that may need to be considered for future rules relating to the reporting of quality measures under CMS programs.  This request for information is part of the effort of CMS to streamline/reduce Eligible Professional (EP), eligible hospital, critical access hospital (CAH), and health IT developer burden around government requirements.

     The RFI has a 45-day comment period. Comments are due February 16, 2016. Please visit the RFI for instructions on how to submit comments. We want to hear from you and value all input received from our stakeholders.