Quality Measures Finalized for 2019

CMS recently announced that the quality measures for 2019 have been finalized. There are new eligible clinicians so be aware of how that may affect your organization. New ECs are:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Qualified speech-language pathologists
  • Qualified audiologists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Registered dietitian or nutrition professionals

The following are changes to Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) available for eligible professionals and eligible clinicians for 2019 reporting:

New eCQMs

CMS eCQM ID

Measure Type

Measure Title and Description
CMS249v1

Process

Appropriate Use of DXA Scans in Women Under 65 Years Who Do Not Meet the Risk Factor Profile for Osteoporotic Fracture: Percentage of female patients aged 50 to 64 without select risk factors for osteoporotic fracture who received an order for a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan during the measurement period.

CMS349v1

Process

HIV Screening: Percentage of patients 15-65 years of age who have ever been tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Deleted eCQMs

  • CMS65v8: Hypertension: Improvement in Blood Pressure
  • CMS123v7: Comprehensive Diabetes Care: Foot Exam
  • CMS158v7: Pregnant women that had HBsAg testing
  • CMS164v7: Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Use of Aspirin or Another Antiplatelet
  • CMS167v7: Diabetic Retinopathy: Documentation of Presence or Absence of Macular Edema and Level of Severity of Retinopathy
  • CMS169v7: Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression: Appraisal for alcohol or chemical substance use

As of today, the new measures are not found on the CMS website, but will be posted at https://qpp.cms.gov/mips/explore-measures/quality-measures sometime later this year.

Author: 
Wyn Staheli, Director of Research