Clinical Quality Measures

InfoGard Accredited to Test Clinical Quality Measures

On August 22, 2016, InfoGard achieved accreditation from NVLAP (Lab Code 100432-0) to begin testing to the 2015 Edition certification criteria for Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). The CQM criteria include:

  • 315(c)(1) – Clinical quality measures –record and export
  • 315(c)(2) – Clinical quality measures –import and calculate
  • 315(c)(3) – Clinical quality measures—report
  • 315(c)(4) – Clinical quality measures –filter

The measures tested under the 315.c.1-4 criteria are used by providers and hospitals for the CMS Meaningful Use Program in 2017 and beyond.

The test procedures can be found on the ONC website: https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2015-edition-test-method

The test tool, Cypress, can be found at: http://projectcypress.org/index.html

CMS information about the CQMs is available: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/eCQM_Library.html

InfoGard understands that developers may have delayed testing until these criteria were available. Don’t delay any longer! Contact us to get started today!

Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Update

In 2015 CMS released the Final Rule that outlines the requirements eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) must fulfill in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, also known as Meaningful Use. The Final Rule addresses participation in 2015 through 2017 with changes to Stage 2, as well as establishing Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

Stages for Meaningful Use and Objectives

Stage 1 – 2011 to 2013 – Data capture and sharing

Stage 2 – 2014 to 2017 – Advanced clinical processes

Stage 3 – 2018 to TBD – Improved outcomes

The CMS Rule allows providers to start Stage 3 of Meaningful Use in 2018, with 2017 as an optional year for Stage 3 participation.

Reporting Periods to Qualify for MU

The reporting periods for EPs and EHs are aligned beginning in 2017 to run on the calendar year. In terms of objectives, the Rule set out eight (8) objectives that providers are required to meet, while establishing a single set of objectives and measures, tailored to EPs, EHs, or critical access hospitals (CAHs), to meet for the definition of Meaningful Use.

In 2016 (Stage 2) – First-time participants may use their EHR to report through any continuous 90-day period between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

All returning participants must use their EHR to report the full calendar year (January 1-December 31, 2016).

In 2017 (Stage 2 or Stage 3) – First-time participants may use their EHR to report through any continuous 90-day period. Providers attesting to Stage 3 may also use a 90-day reporting period. All returning participants must use their EHR to report the full calendar year (January 1-December 31, 2017).

In 2018 (Stage 3) – First-time Medicaid participants may use their EHR to report through any continuous 90-day period. All other providers must use a reporting period of the full calendar year (January 1-December 31, 2018).

For more information, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Program, https://www.cms.gov/regulations-and-guidance/legislation/ehrincentiveprograms/.

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ONC 2015 Edition Criteria and MU Stage 3 Proposed Rules Announced

ONC has published a proposed rule defining the 2015 Edition of EHR certification requirements.

An email announcement from ONC on March 20, 2015 revealed the following information:

“The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule aligns with the path toward interoperability – the secure, efficient, and effective sharing and use of health information…” Continue reading

Certification Criteria

Removal of the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria

In the Final Rule for the 2014 Edition Release 2 Certification Criteria (published in Sept. 2014), ONC removed the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria from the Code of Federal Regulations (see Section C on Page 54447). As of March 1, 2015, the certification criteria 170.302, 170.304, and 170.306 can no longer be tested and certified by the Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATL) and Authorized Certification Bodies (ACBs). Continue reading

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ONC Releases 2015 Edition Proposed Rule

On February 21, 2014, ONC announced that they have published the Proposed Rule for 2015 Edition of EHR certification criteria. This new edition is intended to be a voluntary, incremental step before the 2017 Edition requirements are released. The 2015 Edition criteria do not correspond with a new Meaningful Use Stage from CMS. Instead, providers and hospitals will be allowed to attest with either a 2014 Edition certified EHR or a 2015 Edition certified EHR in Stage 2. Continue reading