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Clinical Quality Measures

Clinical quality measures, or CQMs, are tools that help measure and track the quality of health care services provided by eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) within our health care system. These measures use data associated with providers' ability to deliver high-quality care or relate to long term goals for quality health care.

Measuring and reporting CQMs helps to ensure that our health care system is delivering effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable, and timely care.

To participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and receive an incentive payment, providers are required to submit CQM data from certified EHR technology.

CQMs may be reported electronically, or via attestation. Beginning in 2014, those attesting to either Stage 1 or Stage 2 have the same requirements for CQM reporting.

Visit the CMS Clinical Quality Measures Basics website for additional information.;