HL7 Digital Quality Summit

DHIT participated in the HL7
Digital Quality Summit November 1st and 2nd in
Washington, DC.  The event was jointly
hosted by HL7 and NCQA and provided a unique opportunity to discuss overlapping
issues between quality tracking and interoperability.  The interactive sessions were an excellent
forum for peer networking, discussing challenges and showing off the latest solutions. 

The hot discussion topic at
the meeting was the CMS announcement that starting with the 2019 reporting
period, eCQMs would be transitioned from the current HQMF XML modeling language
to the new Clinical Quality Language (CQL) standard.  CQL gives quality measure authors much more
power and flexibility in creating precise definitions of quality measures that are
human readable yet structured enough for
processing a query electronically.  CQL
replaces the logic expressions currently defined in the 
Quality Data Model (QDM).
Going forward, QDM will include only the
conceptual model for defining data elements (the data model).