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Women in Medicine Month - CMS Publishes 2019 eCQM Flows

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September 18, 2018

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Celebrate Women in Medicine Month


NQF: Call for Eisenberg Award Submissions


New APM Recommended for Adoption


Now Available: 2019 eCQM Flows


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Opportunities to Engage



Celebrate Women in Medicine Month with the American Medical Association

Medicine is increasingly a female profession, with the number of women physicians growing 43 percent in the last decade to more than 376,000 nationwide. Women now make up 47 percent of medical students, that number will only continue to grow.


Each September, the American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Section (WPS) honors women physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women with careers in medicine during Women in Medicine Month. This year’s theme is “Women in Medicine: Celebrating our legacy, embracing our future” and offers many opportunities to engage. For events, videos, resources and a list of this year’s honorees, visit the AMA’s Women in Medicine Month( #WIMM) site here.


Opportunities to Influence


Call for Eisenberg Award Submissions

Submissions for the 2018 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are open through October 29. Given annually by the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission, these awards recognize the best examples of individual, local and national efforts to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.


Past award winners have implemented highly effective programs to advance quality and patient safety, including initiatives to improve care coordination and substantially reduce hospital readmission rates, achieve significant decreases in hospital-acquired infections and create robust cultures and systems of safety.

Awards will be presented during NQF’s 2019 Annual Conference, March 24-26, 2019, in Washington, DC. Learn more and apply!


Stay Informed



Emergency Physician Alternative Payment Model Recommended for Adoption

A federal advisory panel has recommended to HHS an alternative payment model (APM) for emergency care proposed by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). If adopted by CMS, the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM): Enhancing Appropriate Admissions would promote active involvement in care coordination and follow up by emergency physicians.


AUCM calls for rewarding emergency physicians for appropriately admitting or discharging patients to home follow up and for improving patient outcomes and reducing return emergency room visits and readmissions during a defined period following an emergency visit. The plan was approved by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) on September 6, and ACEP will work with CMS to further refine the model.


“This is a big win for emergency physicians and emergency patients. The Acute Unscheduled Care Model is the first proposed payment model that gives emergency physicians a leading role when it comes to accountability for patient care and care coordination. We especially want to thank the American Medical Association for their support with this model,” - ACEP President Paul Kivela, MD, FACEP


To read ACEP’s press release click here.

To read the proposed APM and other information click here.



Now Available: 2019 Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals eCQM Flows

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed and published the 2019 performance period electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible clinicians and eligible professionals (EPs) to the eCQI Resource Center. These flows are designed to assist in the interpretation of the eCQM logic and calculation methodology for performance rates. The eCQM flows are intended to be used as an additional resource when implementing eCQMs and should not be used in place of the eCQM specification or for reporting purposes.


The eCQM flows supplement eCQM specifications for eligible clinicians and EPs for the following programs:

  • Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)
  • The Promoting Interoperability Programs

In response to stakeholders’ feedback, CMS plans to publish the eCQM flows for eligible hospital (EH) and critical access hospital (CAH) eCQMs later this month as a new resource for EH and CAH eCQMs for 2019 reporting.


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has an eCQM Issue Tracker available for eCQM-related questions at:


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