CMS looks to digitize clinical quality measures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking help from the healthcare industry to digitize clinical quality measures so healthcare providers can send them to CMS directly from their electronic health record systems, according to an article in Government HealthIT.

According to the article, CMS is looking to develop technical measures for quality metrics in order to help vendors  to incorporate the reporting function in their electronic health record products. Certified EHRs must be capable of calculating results for quality measures from electronic patient information.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, November 5, 2010; Government HealthIT, http://www.govhealthit.com, November 3, 2010)