For 2020 there’s good news: CMS has reduced the number of eCQMs you can choose from. In 2019, there were 16, now only 8. Participants must report on 4 CQMs from the list below:
The reporting period continues to be one self-selected quarter of the 2020 calendar year. While you are only required to submit 4 eCQMs, your EHR must be certified for all 8 eCQMs listed above.
More good news! The Quality Net site has been totally re-done. Hands-on users report that the new site is much easier to use than the old.
Here’s a quick overview of eCQM submission for the Joint Commision (TJC):
Hospitals are now required to submit via the Direct Data Submission (DDS) platform, which was optional last year.
Report for a minimum of one self-selected calendar quarter of data for calendar year 2020
Submission deadline for 2020 data is 3/15/2021. For the 2019 reporting year, the deadline is 3/16/2020.
For 2020, TJC is keeping ePC-01 (Elective Delivery) in their eCQM portfolio although this measure has been sunset by CMS.
More excitement: TJC has a new eCQM not included in the IQR list.
ePC-02 (Cesarean Birth)
ePC-02 is a new measure not available under the CMS IQR program. ePC-02 reports the rate of Cesarean Births among pregnant women who have never delivered a baby before and where the baby presents in a normal position. So, getting a bit more technical:
Numerator = Nulliparous women with a term, singleton baby in a vertex position delivered by cesarean birth
Denominator = Inpatient hospitalizations for nulliparous patients delivered of a live term singleton newborn >= 37 weeks' gestation
Any DHIT clients interested in reporting ePC-02 should let us know ASAP.