An increased number of U.S. hospitals are adopting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to drive quality improvement, The Joint Commission reports in its 2017 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety. Through its work with accredited hospitals preparing for eCQM data reporting that will be required in 2018, The Joint Commission has identified six primary priorities among those that are successfully implementing eCQM adoption and practice. In 2016, 470 Joint Commission accredited hospitals voluntarily submitted eCQM data to The Joint Commission, up 436 hospitals from the previous year. And, in its newly published annual report, The Joint Commission reports that surveys of its accredited hospitals indicate high awareness of eCQM reporting requirements, and that most hospitals plan to report 2017 eCQM data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) next year.
- 2017 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety. Joint Commission. November 2017
- Joint Commission related press release: https://www.jointcommission.org/the_joint_commission_reports_increased_electronic_clinical_quality_measure_ecqm_adoption_and_reporting_from_us_hospitals/