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UPDATED ELECTRONIC CLINICAL QUALITY MEASURES (eCQM'S) SPECIFICATIONS FOR CY 2018 AVAILABLE

May 8, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2017 annual update for eCQMs for CY 2018 reporting for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians. 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 and until they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable program.

Each year, CMS makes updates to the eCQMs adopted for submission in CMS programs. CMS requires the use of updated eCQMs for all its quality programs because they include updated codes, logic corrections, and clarifications. Reporting eCQM data to the QPP: MIPS and APMs; and the Medicaid EHR Incentive program requires that an eligible professional or eligible clinician use the most current version of the eCQMs identified below for the applicable performance period.

CMS has updated eCQMs for potential inclusion in the following programs:
•Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for MIPS Eligible Clinicians and Alternative Payment Models
•Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals

The updated measure specifications are available on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians.

Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center


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