Standard Development Organization

Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) Now a Normative Standard

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on July 19, 2017 - 3:38pm

The Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) is a Health Level Seven (HL7) standard for representing a health quality measure as an electronic document. HQMF, previously a draft standard for trial use (DSTU), is now a normative standard and is available for download by HL7 members. This latest version has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a normative standard.

Resource Center Education

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on July 18, 2017 - 9:36am

eCQI Resource Center Live Demonstrations - January 2017

An updated live demonstration of the eCQI Resource Center website was presented on January 11, 2017.  Links to the YouTube video and slides from the live demonstration are provided below.

Now Available: 2018 CMS QRDA I HQR Implementation Guide, Schematron, and Sample Files

Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on July 14, 2017 - 3:58pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2018 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) Implementation Guide (IG), Schematron, and sample files.


Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on July 14, 2017 - 3:33pm

What is the Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA)?

The Health Level Seven International (HL7) Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) is a standard document format for the exchange of electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data. QRDA reports:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2017 Measures under Consideration (MUC) New Materials Available

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Submitted by Jessica Dulin S... on June 16, 2017 - 11:33am

The April 2017 education and outreach webinar series of four meetings (Measures under Consideration Kickoff, Measurement Needs & Priorities, and the two open forum sessions) are now available at the CMS Pre-Rulemaking web site


Submitted by Amira Elhagmusa on June 6, 2017 - 10:34am

What is Clinical Quality Language (CQL)?

Clinical Quality Language (CQL) is an HL7 standard for trial use (STU). It is part of the effort to harmonize standards between electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and clinical decision support (CDS). CQL provides the ability to express logic that is human readable yet structured enough for processing a query electronically. In the future, CQL is being considered for use in all of the clinical quality measure HQMF electronic specifications.


About the eCQI Resource Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are working to improve the health of our nation by transforming care from a volume-based, provider-centered system to a patient-centered, learning health system. The eCQI Resource Center is a joint effort to bring together stakeholders from across the eCQI community and provide a centralized location for news, information, tools and standards related to eCQI and electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs).