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Joint Commission releases analysis of eCQM data

The analysis found that missing data was the biggest cause of discrepancies. Some examples of missing data are:

•    Missing data on medication route
•    Use of wrong template ID
•    Diagnosis Active is missing, which puts the case in denominator

The Joint Commission also unveiled its Core Measure Solution Exchange®,which allows hospitals to share how they implemented the eCQMs. Users can post about the implementation issues they’ve had, challenges they’ve faced, and solutions they’ve come up with. They can learn from other facilities about the problems and solutions they came up with as well.

The Exchange is free and is part of your facility’s Joint Commission Connect extranet.

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Share the trials and tribulations of eCQM success

Are you wondering how you’ll ever be prepared for the CMS’ updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) due for release February 28, 2017? Don’t worry, you don’t have to face it alone.

The Joint Commission recently unveiled its Core Measure Solution Exchange®, which allows hospitals to share how they implemented the eCQMs. Users can post about the implementation issues they’ve had, challenges they’ve faced, and solutions they’ve come up with. They can learn from other facilities about the problems and solutions they came up with as well.

The Exchange is free and is part of your facility’s Joint Commission Connect extranet. There is already an eCQM solution posted by Wooster Community Hospital for viewing.

Electronic Clinical Quality Measures survey results published

The Joint Commission, American Hospital Association, and the Federation of American Hospitals sent out a survey to 886 hospitals this March asking for feedback on the Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM). The eCQMs, which deal with data from electronic health records and health information technology system, are due for release on February 28, 2017. This July, the organizations heard back from 319 hospitals and released the survey results:

•    86% of hospitals say they plan on submitting eCQMs to CMS by the February 2017 deadline.
•    While 76% of hospitals say they have the skill level and knowledge to implement eCQMs, only 64% can afford health IT support. Many said they’ll have to change electronic health record vendors to stay compliant.
•    More than 85% have never successfully submitted eCQM patient level data to CMS.
•    58% haven’t or don’t know if they can generate a Quality Reporting Document Architecture [QRDA] 1 document.
•    79% haven’t or don’t know if they’ve ever successfully generated a QRDA1 doc.
•    Surveyed hospitals asked The Joint Commission for more forums, webinars, and a comprehensive library of eCQM resources to help with the transition.

The Joint Commission’s Pioneers in Quality program is using these results to determine the best way to help facilities comply with the eCQMs. The Joint Commission plans to follow up with a second survey on the eCQMs this fall. Click here to see the full survey results.