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Md. becomes first state to accept electronic clinical quality measure data from hospitals

The State of Maryland has partnered with CRISP, Maryland’s state-designated health information exchange (HIE), and Medisolv, a leader in quality management software, to become the first state in the country to successfully receive Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data from Maryland hospitals under a new quality reporting mandate.

ECQMs are standardized performance measures that track a hospital’s quality of care using data from the organization’s Electronic Health Record (EHR). Hospitals are required to submit eCQMs annually as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program and to The Joint Commission as part of its hospital accreditation.

Under the state initiative, hospitals are required to submit quality performance data on a quarterly basis via the Medisolv Submission Portal integrated with CRISP’s HIE portal. This will enable the state to evaluate hospital performance, identify statewide areas for improvement, and incorporate benchmarks into policy development in a timely and consistent manner. The information gained on hospital performance will also provide the opportunity for the Maryland Health Care Commission to expand its reporting and transparency to the public.

In the pilot phase of the project, 35 hospitals successfully submitted eCQM data through the CRISP/Medisolv Submission Portal for the optional 2021 performance period.

Starting July 15, all Maryland hospitals are expected to submit their 2022 performance period eCQM data on a quarterly schedule.