CHA News Article

Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Transitioning to Clinical Quality Language in 2019

As previously reported in CHA News, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this month released draft electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications using the clinical quality language (CQL) standard for logic expression. This week, CMS announced that it would begin transitioning to reporting CQL-based measures with the calendar year 2019 reporting period for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals, and the calendar year 2019 performance period for eligible professionals and clinicians. To support the transition, CMS will publish CQL-based eCQMs in Spring 2018 for potential inclusion in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and alternative payment models under the Quality Payment Program.

In anticipation of this transition, CMS will offer general and targeted educational sessions to share how CQL is used to support eCQMs. For more information on upcoming webinars, visit CMS’ eCQI Resource Center Events page. For resources and information on CQL, visit