A Quick Guide to the Clinical Quality Measures CQMs

Over the last ten years Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) have become an integral component in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) strategy to understand and improve the quality of healthcare for their beneficiaries. Data from a wide variety of healthcare delivery settings are used for a variety of programs aimed at assuring the United States is delivering high-quality healthcare – care that is effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable, and timely. These quality initiatives are used by CMS in its quality improvement, public reporting, and pay-for-reporting programs for specific healthcare providers. Electronic health records assist in the collection of this data that has a direct correlation to the future of reimbursement for your service and the quality of healthcare processes implemented in your office.


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Practice Role
Health Care Mgmt - Practice Mgrs Admin
Providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, RNs, LPNs)
PSR, Schedulers, Front Desk, Med Secretaries
Providers & Professionals
Setting/Practice Type
Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital
Large Practice 11 or more
Small Practice 1 - 10
Resource Topics
Evaluation and Meaningful Use
Quality Improvement and Practice Transformation
EHR Steps
Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use

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