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CMS eQuality Project

CMS has contracted with Lantana Consulting Group to convene two TEPs.  The TEP will provide input on the development, selection, and maintenance of quality measures for which CMS contractors are responsible. Convening the TEP is one important step in the measure development or reevaluation process that ensures transparency and allows an opportunity to obtain balanced, multi-stakeholders input. TEP members are recognized experts in the relevant fields including clinicians, statisticians, quality improvement experts, methodologists, and pertinent measure developers. TEP members are chosen to provide input to the measure contractor based on their personal experience and training. The TEP is chosen to represent a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.

They are currently soliciting nominations for two Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) supporting a new “eQuality” project for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR incentive program established under ARRA HITECH.  More information and instructions for nominating yourself or others can be found at http://www.cms.gov/mms/15_technicalexpertpanels.asp

  • The eQuality Continuity Assessment Record & Evaluation (CARE) TEP will review the proposed e-specifications for CARE and inform how CARE could fit into an EHR transfer of care workflow.
  • The eQuality EHR Systems Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures TEP will help inform how EHR systems collect and report clinical quality measures in an electronic format and how such records could connect patient care outcomes with EHR clinical data.

You are invited to review the information on the website and consider participation.  They are extending the call for nominations past the stated deadline of November 23, 2011; however, they ask that you please notify them of your intent to submit a nomination by sending an email to eQualityTEP@lantanagroup.com.

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