As subject matter experts, Dynamic Health IT would like to share some online reference and educational materials that may be helpful to you in navigating the healthcare IT regulatory landscape.
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Resources for Vendors
Standards and Testing Tools
Cypress is the rigorous and repeatable testing tool of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and EHR modules in calculating eCQMs used by CMS’s Quality Reporting Programs. The Cypress tool is open source and freely available for use or adoption by the health IT community including EHR vendors and testing labs. Cypress serves as the official testing tool for the EHR Certification program supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
NIST has developed a variety of test tools related to message transport specifications and formats mandated by the 2014 and 2015 Editions of the ONC Health IT Certification. This includes the Edge Testing Tool (ETT), which tests for adherence to the Edge Protocol standards during valid communication sessions between the ETT and your health IT application:
View, download, and transmit to 3rd party
Ambulatory setting only - clinical summaries
Transitions of care - create and transmit summary care records
CDA defines the structure of building blocks which can be used to contain a multitude of healthcare data elements that can be captured, stored, accessed, displayed and transmitted electronically for use and reuse in many formats
The C-CDA Scorecard leverages the work completed by an ONC-funded grant — SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps Reusable Technologies) and promotes best practices in C-CDA implementation by assessing key aspects of the structured data found in individual documents. It is a tool designed to allow implementers to gain insight and information regarding industry best practice and usage overall. It also provides a rough quantitative assessment and highlights areas of improvement which can be made today to move the needle forward. The best practices and quantitative scoring criteria have been developed by HL7 through the HL7-ONC Cooperative agreement to improve the implementation of health care standards. We hope that providers and health IT developers will use the tool to identify and resolve issues of C-CDA document interoperability in their health IT systems.
The eCQI Resource Center is a website offered by CMS and ONC as a clearinhouse for Clinical Quality Measure information, including the latest standards, measure specifications and testing tool information. It's an indispensable stop for staying current on CQMs.
There are always plenty of new faces at Connect-a-thons and other healthcare IT meetups - an example of the growth in interest and a reminder that the standard requires ongoing outreach and education. Our team members frequently participate in these events and we would love to collaborate with you.
Resources for Hospitals/Clinicians
For the 2019 performance period, if you decide to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you will earn a performance-based payment adjustment to your Medicare payment.
Submit Electronic Clinical Quality Measures
The Quality Payment Program website includes resources on measure selection and submission of eCQMs in the context of the MIPS program as a whole. DHIT has included functionality in CQMsolution to enable you to directly submit to the QPP program. You also have the option to login to the QPP website and upload QRDA-III outputs from your application or rendered by CQMsolution.
Established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), QualityNet provides healthcare quality improvement news, resources and data reporting tools and applications used by healthcare providers and others.
QualityNet is the only CMS-approved website for secure communications and healthcare quality data exchange between: quality improvement organizations (QIOs), hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, end stage renal disease (ESRD) networks and facilities, and data vendors.
Dynamic Health IT has met the criteria for inclusion in The Joint Commission accreditation process and has been included on The Joint Commission's list of ORYX® vendors. Dynamic Health IT is committed to meeting future required criteria established by The Joint Commission.
Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is one of the most widely used sets of health care performance measure in the United States. The term “HEDIS” originated in the late 1980s as the product of a group of forward-thinking employers and quality experts, and was entrusted to NCQA in the early 1990s. The NCQA measurement development process has expanded the size and scope of HEDIS to include measures for physicians, PPOs and other organizations.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are designed to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services, particularly to vulnerable individuals with the most complex needs during a federal demonstration program with participating states.
Dynamic Health IT is ready to assist you in the process of successfully reporting to quality programs. We take pride in our quality measure expertise. As a Qualified Registry, we are able to submit eCQMs to CMS for you or you may submit yourself to QualityNet
MIPS Data Validation and Audit Overview
Offers an overview of the MIPS data validation and audit process that will be conducted in 2019 for the 2017 and 2018 performance years, detailing how to select MIPS participants for data validation, which MIPS performance measures and activities will be included, and associated timelines.
Offers an overview of the MIPS data validation and audit process that will be conducted in 2019 for the 2017 and 2018 performance years, detailing how to select MIPS participants for data validation, which MIPS performance measures and activities will be included, and associated timelines. DHIT developed SPARK to help defend your clients in the event of a CMS CQM audit, click here to read more.