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CMS Issues Draft eCQM Specifications Using Clinical Quality Language

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released draft electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications using the clinical quality language (CQL) standard for logic expression. CQL is a Health Level 7 international standard for trial use and aims to unify the expression of logic for eCQMs and clinical decision support. CQL is intended to allow better expression of logic defining measure populations to improve eCQMs accuracy and clarity. The official timeline for the incorporation of CQL depends on outcomes of further CQL testing. More information about CQL is available on the eCQI Resource Center website. CMS notes that the draft specifications are for informational review only and are not intended for submission of 2017 or 2018 eCQM reporting. The draft specifications will be available for review until Nov. 13.