• eMeasures, or electronic Clinical Quality Measures(eCQMs), are performance measures based on a series of specifications and tools including:

    Submitting eCQMs to NQF

    eCQMs follow the standard NQF performance measure submission process via online Measure Submission Form, Version 7.0 (DOCX). eCQMs are also subject to the same evaluation criteria that are current at the time of initial submission or endorsement maintenance (regardless of meeting prior criteria or prior endorsement status) as defined in Guidance on Evaluating eCQMs , Measure Evaluation Criteria and Guidance for Evaluating Measures for Endorsement.

    NQF accepts three types of eCQMs for endorsement consideration:

    De Novo - New eCQMs that are not based on an existing measure. De novo eCQMs must adhere to the NQF measure submission process and requirements for eCQMs submissions outlined in Measure Evaluation Criteria and Guidance for Evaluating Measures for Endorsement - Requirements for Endorsing eCQMs .

    Respecified eCQMs – Current claims/registry/paper measures that are being respecified into HQMF format. Respecified eCQMs must adhere to the NQF measure submission process and requirements for eCQM submissions outlined in Measure Evaluation Criteria and Guidance for Evaluating Measures for Endorsement - Requirements for Endorsing eCQMs

    Maintenance of Endorsement – As with all measures endorsed by NQF, a maintenance of endorsement evaluation for any eCQM will be scheduled approximately every three years.

    NOTE: A new eCQM version of an endorsed measure is not considered an endorsed measure until it has been specifically evaluated and endorsed by NQF. A respecified eCQM should be submitted as a separate measure even if the same or similar measure exists for another data source (e.g., claims or registry).

    Special Considerations

    Approval for Trial Use – A program supporting new eCQMs that are ready for implementation, but cannot yet be adequately tested to meet NQF endorsement criteria. eCQM candidates are screened and assessed based on eCQM feasibility assessment for “approval” status. Approval for trial use is time limited and carries no endorsement label. All eCQMs considered for Trial Use Approval must adhere to NQF’s measure submission process and eCQM testing requirements for Candidates for Trial Use Approval (DOCX).

    Legacy” eCQMs – Starting September 30 2017 all respecified measure submissions for use in federal programs will be required to the same evaluation criteria as Respecified measures – the BONNIE testing only option will no longer meet Measure Evaluation Criteria for Scientific Acceptability.

    Contact Information

    For more information, please contact the eCQM Review Team at eMeasuresupport@qualityforum.org.