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CMS Releases Clinical Quality Measures Reporting Updates

A few weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced final reporting standards for Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) that will go into effect in 2014. These new reporting measures apply to all healthcare organizations that plan to attest for Meaningful Use Stage 1 or 2 in the coming years.

CQMs have been defined by CMS as a set of “processes, experiences and/or outcomes of patient care, observations or treatment that relate to one or more quality aims for healthcare such as effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable and timely care.” In other words, CQMs are a way to make sure quality patient care is delivered in a timely manner. CMS selected the core set of CQMs based on several factors and ensured they aligned with the Department of Health and Human Services’ strategies for improving healthcare.

Even though CQM reporting is no longer a core objective for meeting Meaningful Use, all Medicare-eligible providers beyond their first year of Meaningful Use attestation must electronically report CQM data beginning in 2014. Additionally, all EHR technology that has been certified according to the 2014 standards and capabilities will include new CQM criteria.

Since these new reporting updates can be a little confusing, CMS has provided a tip sheet to help practices and hospitals alike prepare for the new reporting requirements.