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Announcements

Next All Hands Meeting on Thursday, August 25 will be cancelled.
The next Community Call will resume on September 8. We will have a pilot discussion with one of our pilot sites, DIGITizED.

Call for Participation
We welcome all participants to contribute actively. To volunteer as a Pilot team(s) or a Standards Sub-team, please contact one of the CQF team members.

ONC Phase 1 Winners for Consumer Health Data Aggregators and Provider User Experience Challenges
We are pleased to announce that on July 18, 2016, ONC announce the Phase 1 Winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregators and Provider User Experience Challenges to be University of Utah Health Care/ Intermountain Healthcare/ Duke Health System was one of the four winners!

The challenges were designed for foster private sector innovation to enable consumers and providers to easily and securely access and share electronic health information. To read more information on the ONC challenge, please visit their website.

CQL Basics Webinar
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to a “Clinical Quality Language (CQL) Basics” webinar. This session will focus on the basics of using CQL to express criteria and relationships commonly encountered in the representation of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). The session does not assume any familiarity with CQL, and is open to anyone with an interested in learning more about CQL and its use in a clinical quality setting.

Register for this webinar early. Space is limited. To register for the webinar taking place on Thursday September 1, 2016 from 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT, click here. If you have any other questions or need additional information, please contact Amira Elhagmusa at elhagmusa@battelle.org.

Cooking with CQL: or How to Incorporate CQL into HQMF for eCQMs on Thursday September 15th
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to a “Cooking with Clinical Quality Language (CQL): or How to Incorporate CQL into Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)” webinar. Each Cooking with CQL session will feature a specific topic, walk through how to express measures using CQL and provide an interactive opportunity for measure developers.

Please join us for this upcoming Cooking with CQL session. To register for the webinar taking place on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. EDT go to: https://battelle.webex.com/battelle/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed79807ce43685af8e0d1b81823b6e8d0

REQUEST FOR MEASURE EXAMPLES:
CMS and ESAC, Inc. are looking for examples of electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) logic content for upcoming Cooking with CQL webinar sessions that are difficult to express within the current QDM framework or examples that you are having trouble figuring out how to express in CQL.

We ask that the examples be packaged as much as possible as isolated units without needing to refer back to any outside content. This will help us avoid any potential Intellectual Property issues with measure content.

Please contact Bryn Rhodes at bryn@databaseconsultinggroup.com to share examples you would like to see expressed in CQL in an upcoming Cooking with CQL webinar session. If you have any other questions or need additional information, please contact Amira Elhagmusa at elhagmusa@battelle.org

Weekly Meetings

Clinical Quality Framework All Hands Meeting

To communicate harmonization and Pilot efforts with the HL7 work groups, other S&I framework initiatives, and a broad set of the clinical quality community.
Meeting Time: Biweekly Thursdays 11am-12:30pm ET

HL7 Related Work Group Meetings: [Note that calls are often canceled. For the latest information, please visit the Conference Link at HL7.org]
CDS-on-FHIR Meeting
Working meeting to develop CDS-on-FHIR and address CQF questions.
Meeting Time: Tuesday 1PM - 3PM ET

CQF Data Model Meeting
Working meeting to develop the Clinical Quality Framework Data Model.
Meeting Time: Tuesday 12PM - 1PM ET

HL7 CQI Work Group Meeting
To ballot specifications and implementation guides and resolve ballot-related issues for clinical quality-related HL7 standards work. This work group is the primary sponsor of the Clinical Quality Data Model.
Meeting Time: Friday 1-3pm ET

More Information

eCQI Resource Center is Here
The Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center launched the week of February 2, 2015. This web-based tool will provide:
  • Centralized One-Stop-Shop location for electronic quality resources
  • List of electronic clinical quality measures and their specifications
  • Links to tools for measure development, testing, and certification

The intent of the resource center is to provide a central repository for eCQI resources in an effort to reduce burden for the eCQI community and improve user experience by connecting related activities and streamlining the process for obtaining guidance and feedback. Please note that eCQI Resource Center will be enhanced in a phased approach.

Quality Data Model 4.1.2 Released
The Quality Data Model (QDM) describes clinical concepts in a standardized format to enable electronic clinical quality measurement. Quality Data Model specification, version 4.1.2 was released on January 14, 2015. Support for the 4.1.2 changes were made in the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) v4.1.0.

QDM 4.1.2 contains the following changes:

–Removal of the anatomical approach site attribute from all Physical Examdatatypes
–Removal of the method attribute from Procedure, Intolerancedatatype
–Clarification of the meaning of start datetime and stop datetime in all Orderdatatypes
–Clarification regarding where quantity-based temporal comparisons can and cannot be used

CQF Profiles are Available as Part of the Continuous Build of FHIR
To see the profiles:
  • Go to http://hl7-fhir.github.io/
  • Click on Clinical Resources
  • Click on the resource name
  • Click on the Packages tab
  • Click on a CQF package
  • Click on the profile name

CQF Issue Tracker
If you have CQF-related questions or issues, please enter them in the CQF Issue Tracker (available at
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WLMutJqLRGpbvSLr7IT0eUq4CkE7c90kFsO0tXzo60U/edit#gid=0). You will need a gmail account and access privileges. Please contact Swapna Bhatia for access.

Timeline

March 2014: Pre-Discovery - Call for participation
April 2014: Discovery - Charter, use case, and functional requirements development
May 2014-November 2015: Implementation – Standards development and review
June 2014-November 2015: Pilots
December 2015: Evaluation

Initiative Contacts

Co-Coordinator
Ken Kawamoto
kensaku.kawamoto@utah.edu
Co-Coordinator
Floyd Eisenberg
floyd.eisenberg@esacinc.com
ONC Lead
Julia Skapik
julia.skapik@hhs.gov
Standards Development SME
Bryn Rhodes
bryn@databaseconsultinggroup.com
Project Support
Swapna Bhatia
swapna.bhatia@esacinc.com
CMS Sponsor
Minet Javellana
minet.javellana@cms.hhs.gov
Use Case Sub-Team Co-Lead
Julie Scherer
jscherer@motivemi.com
Use Case Sub-Team Co-Lead
Catherine Staes
catherine.staes@hsc.utah.edu
HL7 CDS Work Group Liaison
Howard Strasberg
howard.strasberg@wolterskluwer.com
HL7 CQI Work Group Liaison
Walter Suarez
walter.g.suarez@kp.org
Chlamydia Screening Pilot Point of Contact
Johanna Goderre
johanna.goderrejones@hhs.gov
Ischemic Vascular Disease: Use of Aspirinor Other Antithrombotic Pilot Point of Contact
Julie Scherer
jscherer@motivemi.com
Radiology Appropriateness of Use Pilot Point of Contact
Tom Conti
tconti@acrselect.org
Breast Cancer Decision Support
Chad Armstrong
chad.armstrong@evinance.com
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