HITEQ Health Center Mastering Clinical Measures Badge

This badge is designed to support health centers by providing staff with a better understanding of clinical quality measures.  Materials include a crosswalk of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that details measure specifications and inclusion in other quality reporting programs. For health centers transitioning electronic health records (EHRs), a guide to Uniform Data System (UDS) eCQMs is included to help prioritize clinical data elements needed for accurate reporting.  Also included are tools from HITEQ designed to help health centers assess their workflows and learn how to access and use resources related to quality measure reporting. 

Take some time to read through some of the articles on this page and then fill out the submission form on the right and you will be rewarded with a Mastering Clinic Measures badge! This is an official badge that is submitted by the HITEQ Center as a proof of completion to the blockchain. Your credentials can be added to profiles such as LinkedIn and verified through accreditation services such as Accredible and Open Badge.


Clinical Data Elements for UDS eCQMs and their Lookback Timeframes

Clinical Data Elements for UDS eCQMs and their Lookback Timeframes

Useful for EHR transition planning; developed in 2023.

Each electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) is composed of data elements in the EHR or health IT system that are evaluated according to the measure specifications.
It is important to identify what data elements need to be transitioned to any new EHR for clinical quality measure continuity and accuracy. This resource identifies clinical data elements in eCQMs that should be considered when transitioning EHRs. These data elements are used in reporting or calculating eCQMs, so their availability or lack thereof in any new EHR system will impact reporting accuracy.

Download the file below for the data elements

When selecting, upgrading, or transitioning EHRs, patient safety is of paramount importance. That is not covered in this reference; refer to the SAFER guides for best practices in ensuring patient safety.

Each health center and potentially any vendor(s) involved in the transition will need to determine if these data elements, as defined in the eCQM are in their current systems, and, if so, how that data will be moved into any new system, including form and length of time.

The clinical data elements resource, available for download below, may be useful in informing RFPs, discussions, or negotiations about data transition. This process of ensuring alignment with eCQMs is a key step, not only in facilitating the transition of legacy clinical quality measure data to a new system, but also as health centers prepare for the transition to patient level submission with the implementation UDS+.

The UDS Data Elements table, in the second tab of the downloadable file below, lists out data elements in eCQMs reported in the annual UDS report that require historical data for accurate evaluation (e.g., a ‘lookback period’ is defined in the measure for the data element).

The table on the UDS Data Elements tab includes data element, related eCQM, description, timeframe (i.e., how far back the given measure looks for data element, and therefore the length of historical data that should be available for the new EHR system to assess), relevant code sets, and CQL structure. For a full list of related codes, download value set details from the Value Set Authority Center.



Review the full information in the downloadable file below.



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