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CMS Publishes Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Flows for 2019 Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) for the 2019 reporting period. This new resource was created in response to stakeholder feedback.

The eCQM flows are designed to assist in interpreting the eCQM logic and calculation methodology for reporting rates. They provide an overview of each of the population criteria components and associated data elements that lead to the inclusion in or exclusion from the eCQM’s quality action (numerator).

The flows supplement eCQM specifications for eligible hospitals and CAHs for the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability and Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting programs, and are intended as an additional resource when implementing eCQMs. They should not be used in place of the eCQM specifications or for reporting purposes.

The flows and a guide are available on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center. Questions should be directed to the eCQM Issue Tracker available at