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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an annotated version of the Quality Data Model (QDM) standard, Version 5.3, for use with Clinical Quality Language (CQL). The standard has been updated to add guidance for using QDM with CQL. Support for these features and modifications, pending outcomes of CQL testing, is expected to be implemented in the production version of the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) with an anticipated release 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). 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, Performed
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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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