CHA News Article

Updated eCQM Specifications Available for Calendar Year 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the 2017 annual update for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for calendar year 2018 reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs), as well as eligible professionals and clinicians. The updated eCQMs may be included in the future in any of the following programs:

  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for eligible hospitals and CAHs
  • Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for eligible professionals, hospitals and CAHs
  • Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for MIPS-eligible clinicians and alternative payment models

CMS updates the specifications annually to align with current clinical guidelines and code systems so they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting. These updated eCQMs are fully specified and may be used to electronically report 2018 clinical quality measure data for CMS quality reporting programs. Measures will not be eligible for 2018 reporting unless they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable program. For more information, visit CMS’ eCQI Resource Center.