CHA News Article

Updated 2014 Electronic CQMs for 2016 Reporting Now Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the updated standards for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. These measures are required for compliance with the Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program. Eligible hospitals and providers should evaluate their EHR specifications to ensure the updated standards are in place to electronically report their quality data for 2016 reporting requirements for various programs. The updated measure specifications include 29 updated measures for eligible hospitals and 64 updated measures for eligible professionals. CMS strongly recommends that hospitals review the electronic specifications, which include human-readable descriptions and XML files, to build a complete understanding of each measure’s intent and operation prior to any implementation.

CMS has proposed mandatory reporting of eCQMs as part of the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program for FFY 2018. CHA welcomes member comments on this proposal and is concerned there are a number of challenges to overcome before mandatory reporting in the IQR program is appropriate.