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Clinical Quality Framework (CQF) Homepage

The Clinical Quality Framework initiative is a public-private partnership sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to identify, develop, and harmonize standards for clinical decision support and electronic clinical quality measurement.

The CQF Initiative has been involved with several standards-related efforts. For more information, please visit the CQF Harmonizations and Standards page.

Weekly Meetings

CQF Project Meetings

All Hands Community Meeting

To communicate harmonization efforts with the HL7 work groups, Piloting groups, other ONC initiatives,
and a broad set of the clinical quality community.

Next meeting: Thursday, December 15 at 11AM- 12:30PM ET
Agenda: TBD

Web Meeting: https://siframework1.webex.com/siframework1/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=666535029
Dial In: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 666 535 029

NCCN Guidelines Project Meeting

Next meeting: Thursday, December 8 at 3PM- 4PM ET

Web Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/606008445 
Dial In: 1-669-224-3212 
Access code: 606-008-445

Zika Virus Project Meeting

Next meeting: Thursday, December 8 at 5PM- 6PM ET

Web Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/665127853
Dial In: 1-408-650-3123 
Access code: 665-127-853 

HL7 Related Work Group Meetings[Note that calls are often canceled. For the latest information, please visit the Conference Link at HL7.org]

CIMI Project Call Meeting

Next meeting: Tuesdays at 12:00PM- 1:00PM ET

Web Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/442585925
Dial In: 1-646-749-3131
Access code: 442 585 925

HL7 Clinical Decisions Support Meeting

Next meeting: Wednesdays at 12:00PM- 1:00PM ET

Web Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/383926805
Dial In: 1-224-501-3312
Access code: 383 926 805

Note: Please use the custom GoToMeeting phone number rather than the HL7 conference call line.

HL7 CQI Work Group Meeting

Next meeting: Fridays at 1:00PM - 3:00PM ET

Web Meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474457221
Dial In: 1-770-657-9270
Access code: 217663

Meeting Schedule


Cyclical Funding Opportunities 
Please view the following links on cyclical funding opportunities. If members are not ready to participate in the first cycle, AHRQ encourages those members to prepare for future cycles.

Links to AHRQ CDS FOAs:

Cooking with CQL: or How to Incorporate CQL into HQMF for eCQMs on January 26

CMS invites you to a “Cooking with Clinical Quality Language (CQL): or How to Incorporate CQL into Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)” webinar.  Each Cooking with CQL session will feature a specific topic, walk through how to express measures using CQL and provide an interactive opportunity for measure developers.  

To register for the next webinar on Thursday January 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST: https://battelle.webex.com/battelle/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec9fc4454980126fe91eaabc5c47977ae

REQUEST FOR MEASURE EXAMPLES: CMS and ESAC, Inc. are looking for examples of electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) logic content for upcoming Cooking with CQL webinar sessions that are difficult to express within the current QDM framework or examples that you are having trouble figuring out how to express in CQL. We ask that the examples be packaged as much as possible as isolated units without needing to refer back to any outside content. This will help us avoid any potential Intellectual Property issues with measure content. Please contact ESAC, Inc. at cql-esac@esacinc.com to share examples you would like to see expressed in CQL in an upcoming Cooking with CQL webinar session. 

If you have any other questions or need additional information, please contact Amira Elhagmusa at elhagmusa@battelle.org.

Clinical Quality Language (CQL) Q&As Now Available

CMS is engaging measure developers, implementers, and end users in Clinical Quality Language (CQL) development in the effort to harmonize standards between electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and clinical decision support (CDS). CQL is an HL7 standard for trial use (STU) and is intended to replace the logic currently defined in the Quality Data Model (QDM) beginning with the QDM v5.0.

To learn more about CQL, CMS offers general and targeted CQL education sessions. Q&As gathered from previously held sessions are available on the eCQI Resource Center CQL Space at: https://ecqi.healthit.gov/cql/CQ-Qs%26As. The answers to questions are grouped by content categories and will be routinely updated with new content from future CQL sessions. If your question is not answered in a Q&A, please join us for an upcoming CQL event or submit your question to the JIRA CQL Issue Tracker.

Find more CQL educational resources including presentation slides and webinar videos at: https://ecqi.healthit.gov/cql/cql-educational-resources



January 2016- September 2017: Implementation (Standards Development and Review)

September 2016- September 2017: Current Projects (NCCN Oncology Guidelines, IOM DIGITizE, Zika Virus, CDC Opioid)

October 2017: Evaluation

Initiative Contacts

Co-CoordinatorKen Kawamotokensaku.kawamoto@utah.edu
Co-CoordinatorFloyd Eisenbergfloyd.eisenberg@esacinc.com
ONC LeadJulia Skapikjulia.skapik@hhs.gov
Standards Development SMEBryn Rhodesbryn@databaseconsultinggroup.com
Project SupportSwapna Bhatiaswapna.bhatia@esacinc.com
CMS SponsorMinet Javellanaminet.javellana@cms.hhs.gov
HL7 CDS Work Group LiaisonHoward Strasberghoward.strasberg@wolterskluwer.com
HL7 CQI Work Group LiaisonWalter Suarezwalter.g.suarez@kp.org
NCCN Oncology Guidelines Project Point of ContactLee Surprenantlmsurpre@us.ibm.com
IOM DIGITizE Project Point of ContactSarah Beachysbeachy@nas.edu
Zika Virus Project Point of ContactFloyd Eisenbergfloyd.eisenberg@esacinc.com
CDC Opioid Project Point of ContactJan LosbyJLosby@cdc.gov


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