CMS Clarifies EHR Attestation Reqs for CQM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued guidance clarifying meaningful use attestation requirements for Clinical Quality Measures under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.

CMS said it will consider CQM information to be accurate and complete “to the extent that it is identical to the output that was generated from certified EHR technology,” without need for additional data validation.

Hospital leaders have expressed concern about the accuracy of the CQM data generated by their certified EHR products, prompting AHA to seek clarification on CQM attestation requirements from CMS.

According to CMS, hospitals concerned about the accuracy of the CQM output from their certified EHR products can still attest, but should also work with their vendors and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to improve the accuracy of the individual products.

In addition, CMS recommends that hospitals print or save an electronic copy of the CQM report generated by their certified EHR at attestation, which will be used in the event of an audit to validate that the hospital accurately attested and submitted CQMs.

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