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2014 Clinical Quality Measures

2014 Clinical Quality Measures

In 2014, all providers, regardless of whether they are in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of meaningful use, will be required to report on the 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) for eligible professionals and 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) for eligible hospitals finalized in the Stage 2 rule. This means eligible professionals will need to report 9 measures, and eligible hospitals will need to report 16. CQMs may be reported electronically, or via attestation.

National Quality Strategy Domains
There is also a new requirement in 2014 that the quality measures selected must cover at least 3 of the 6 available National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains, which represent the Department of Health and
Human Services’ NQS priorities for health care quality improvement.

The 6 NQS domains are:
1. Patient and Family Engagement
2. Patient Safety
3. Care Coordination
4. Population/Public Health
5. Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources
6. Clinical Process/Effectiveness

Recommended Core Set
For 2014, CMS is not requiring the submission of a core set of electronic CQMs (eCQMs). Instead, CMS has identified two recommended core sets of eCQMs—one for adults and one for children—that focus on high-priority health conditions and best-practices for care delivery.

  • 9 eCQMs for adult populations that meet all of the program requirements
  • 9 eCQMs for pediatric populations that meet all of the program requirements

EHR Reporting Options for Eligible Professionals in 2014 Include:

Options that only apply for the EHR Incentive Program

Option 1: Attest to CQMs through the EHR Registration & Attestation System
Option 2: eReport CQMs through Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Portal

Options that Align with Other Quality Programs

Option 3: Report individual eligible professionals’ CQMs through PQRS Portal
Option 4: Report group’s CQMs through PQRS Portal
Option 5: Report group’s CQMs through Pioneer ACO participation or Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative participation

EHR Reporting Options for Eligible Hospitals in 2014 Include:

Option 1: Attest to CQMs through the Registration & Attestation System
Option 2: eReport through Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR)