Reporting electronic clinical quality measures in Stage 1 of the electronic health records meaningful use program was in a way like a pilot program, says Julia Skapik, M.D., a medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

eCQMs started with recording smoking status and other basic data such as labs and medications, she notes. But Stage 2 will push the boundaries to standardize collection of demographic information, and incorporate a degree of clinical decision support as well as health information exchange.

During a session at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Skapik will walk through the advanced, standards-based eCQMs of Stage 2, identify tools and resources that can help and explain certification of CQMs. Marc Hadley, Ph.D., a principle software systems engineer at MITRE Corp., will join Skapik. Hadley worked on designing the engine that drives computation of CQMs.

Stage 2 also features better alignment of meaningful use with other government quality reporting programs, such as Physician Quality Reporting System and Inpatient Quality Reporting, Skapik says. She’ll explain other ways federal regulators hope to decrease the burden on providers by making measures as seamless as possible in the workflow. She’ll also touch on Stage 3 ideas being put out as trial balloons to get input from the industry.

“We know the process for moving from a paper-based world to a unified ‘data everywhere’ environment is a much more challenging step for health care and appreciate the work of providers and vendors to accomplish the change,” Skapik says. “The end result is that providers will find they can use this rich data to their strong advantage to provide care.”

Education Session 75, “What’s New and Cool in MU2 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures,” is scheduled at 10 am on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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