The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to consider provider experience to date and evidence from electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) pilots and demonstrations as it develops future rulemaking for eCQM reporting. Responding to CMS’s public request for information on the issue, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development, recommended CMS clearly state its plans for the transition from chart-based reporting to electronic reporting across CMS programs, and communicate how those plans align with eCQM submission requirements of The Joint Commission and others. It also asked the agency to expand and enhance eCQM education and outreach efforts to support electronic reporting of eCQMs in 2016.

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