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Available: eCQM Specifications and eCQM Materials for 2020 Reporting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Keenan
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 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications for the 2020 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals, and the 2020 performance period for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians. The updated eCQM specifications are available on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals and Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians under the 2020 Reporting/Performance Year. Other eCQM materials, including the Guide to Reading eCQMs, eCQM Logic and Implementation Guidance, tables of eCQMs, and technical release notes, are available at the eCQI Resource Center as well.


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 for potential inclusion in the following programs:


  • Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)

  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)

  • The Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs

  • The Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program


Measures will not be eligible for 2020 reporting unless and until they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable program.


The 2020 reporting/performance period eCQM value sets and the direct reference codes specified within the eCQM HQMF files are available in separate files for download on the National Library of Medicine‚Äôs  Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Downloadable Resources page.


Visit the eCQI Resource Center for more information on eCQMs, as well as about measures under consideration that have not been finalized for use in a CMS program.


To provide feedback on the updated eCQMs, visit the eCQM Issue Tracker. To submit technical questions and issues related to the development and implementation of the CQL standard, visit the CQL Issue Tracker.

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