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Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

August 9, 2018 - Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care delivery and improved patient health outcomes. CMS put the principles of this initiative into practice in the recently-released Inpatient Prospective...


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AMGA Endorses Standardized Quality Measure Set to Simplify Reporting

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors recently endorsed a set of 14 standardized quality measures as part of an effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with reporting requirements. The measure set...

HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on...

NQF Advises CMS Align Quality Measures, Cut Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recently provided recommendations to CMS on ways to align clinical quality measures and reduce administrative burden associated with federal reporting...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development

by Kate Monica

CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the...

Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As...

CMS Issues List of 32 Clinical Quality Measures for Consideration

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a list of 32 clinical quality measures under consideration (MUC) as part of its Meaningful Measures initiative, which is designed to whittle down the number of quality measures to those most critical. “CMS is...

CMS Head Recognizes Need for Fewer Clinical Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently admitted some federal regulations do not make sense and stated the organization will prioritize consolidating quality measures to lessen provider burden.  Verma outlined the ways CMS intends to...

Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The ability for care quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool

by Kate Monica

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

by Kate Monica

A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare...

CMS to Update eCQM Value Sets for 2017 Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

CMS will issue an addendum to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets as a result of changes in the October, 2016, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates, according to a public statement. Although these the ICD-10-CM and...

CMS Offers Aid for Clinical Quality Measure Reporting in MIPS

by Sara Heath

CMS has posted the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Logic Flows for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period. The Logic Flows are intended to help eligible clinicians participating in MIPS to...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?

by Sara Heath

The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs...

Clinical Decision Support Tools May Improve Kidney Treatment

by Sara Heath

EHR clinical decision support tools might show promise in improving testing and maintenance for chronic kidney disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. According to a research team...

AHRQ Awards $13.4M for Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $13.4 million in funding to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) participants to help develop pediatric care quality measures, according to a press...

CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

CMS has begun the 2016 Change Review Process (CRP) to evaluate electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) under meaningful use, according to a public statement. The CRP will take place on the JIRA CQM Project. Using that platform, eCQM...

Clinical Workflow Progress Vital to Boost Health IT Quality

by Sara Heath

For 78 percent of healthcare quality experts, improved clinical workflow and efficiency are the keys to boosting health information technology quality. In a recent survey conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), healthcare...

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