eCQM Updates for 2016 Reporting Now Available in the eCQI Resource Center

In this months post, we take a look at eCQM Updates for 2016 Reporting and newly published resources.

Each year, CMS makes updates to the electronic specifications of the Clinical Quality Measures approved for submission in CMS programs.

CMS strongly encourages the implementation and use of the updates to the electronic specifications of the CQMs finalized in the Stage 2 rule for the 2015 EHR Reporting Period since those updates include new codes, logic corrections and clarifications.

Below are updates published in May 2015:

eCQMs for Eligible Professionals Table (Update: May 2015): This table contains additional up-to-date information for the EP clinical quality measures finalized in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; Final Rule. Download the EP Measures Table »

eCQM Specifications for Eligible Professionals (Update: May 2015): Download the specification documentation »

eCQM Measure Logic Guidance v1.10 (Update: May 2015): This guidance document is for use with the updated Eligible Hospital and Eligible Professional measure specifications released on May1, 2015 for the 2014 Eligible Professional and Eligible Hospital electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) released on December 21, 2012. Download the eCQM Logic and Implementation Guidance »

eCQM Technical Release Notes (Update: May 2015): Download technical release notes »

Read more on CMS.gov »

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2014 Clinical Quality Measures

In this month’s post, we take a look at what to expect in 2014 for clinical quality measures (CQMs).

Beginning in 2014, the reporting of CQMs will change for all providers. EHR technology that has been certified to the 2014 Edition standards and certification criteria will have been tested for enhanced CQM-related capabilities, Eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) will be required to report using the new 2014 criteria regardless of whether they are participating in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Although clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting has been removed as a core objective for both Eligible Professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals and CAHs, all providers are required to report on CQMs in order to demonstrate meaningful use.

  • In 2014, EPs must report on 9 of the 64 approved CQMs (must cover at least 3 of the National Quality Strategy domains)
  • Beginning in 2014, all Medicare-eligible providers beyond their first year of demonstrating meaningful use must electronically report their CQM data to CMS

View 2014 CQMs for EPs: click here
View electronic specs for 2014 CQMs: click here
View CMS 2014 CQM Tipsheet: click here

To view more information about 2014 CQMs on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website, go to cms.gov.