Eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals looking to meet meaningful use requirements and obtain financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will need to keep track of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), which are part of clinical quality reporting programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures. Healthcare providers will need to utilize these updated measures to report 2016 quality data electronically for CMS quality reporting programs. These programs include PQRS, the EHR Incentive Programs, and the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR).
The reason CMS updates quality measures on an annual basis is to keep the specifications in agreement with modern clinical guidelines along with code systems. These measures need to stay pertinent and actionable within…(Read More Here)