CMS Exploring Electronic Submission Of Clinical Quality Measures

Posted on by Frank J. Rosello

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) wants to explore whether hospitals will be able to begin submitting clinical quality measures through their electronic health record systems by 2014.

On December 21, 2012, CMS published a Request for Information asking hospitals and information technology vendors about the feasibility of using certified EHRs to submit patient-level data on clinical quality measures.

The initiative is aimed at “increasing efficiency and reducing the burden associated with hospital collection and submission of patient-level data on clinical quality measures,” according to the RFI.

CMS envisions that “hospitals will be able to switch primarily to EHR based reporting of clinical quality data for many measures that are currently manually chart-abstracted and submitted to CMS for the hospital inpatient quality-reporting program.

Click here to access the CMS RFI (PDF).

The deadline for hospitals and vendors to submit their comments to CMS is 5pm EST on January 22, 2013.



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