Clinical Quality Measures
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses clinical quality measures (CQMs) in a variety of quality initiatives that include quality improvement and public reporting. ONC certifies that electronic health record (EHR) technologies are capable of accurately calculating the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) results for several incentive programs.
Quality Measure Code Sets
The eCQM used by the HHS EHR incentive program are comprised of definitions, measure logic, data elements, and value sets. Four federal agencies - the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), CMS, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and ONC are providing these components in various formats so that technical, non-technical, and clinical consumers can understand them.
Information on eCQMs and their use in electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI) efforts can be found in the eCQI Resource Center.