Call for Nominations: Tobacco Treatment eCQM Task Force
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
We would like to inform you that the Joint Commission and Mathematica Policy Research project team are seeking nominations for volunteers to participate on a Tobacco Treatment (TOB) eCQM Task Force. Nominees should be health IT experts who can provide technical feedback to inform the electronic specification development for these three tobacco treatment measures.
Nominations for the TOB eCQM Task Force will be accepted through 9 p.m. PT, Sunday, April 5, 2015, via an online nomination form. Details on the nomination process and requirements are included below.
The Joint Commission is working with Mathematica Policy Research, under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on the re-engineering of three tobacco treatment measures as electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs):
- TOB-1 – Tobacco Use Screening
- TOB-2 – Tobacco Use Treatment Provided or Offered/TOB-2a – Tobacco Use Treatment
- TOB-3 – Tobacco Use Treatment Provided or Offered at Discharge/TOB-3a – Tobacco Use Treatment at Discharge
The chart-abstracted specifications for these measures can be found in the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures.
The project team is seeking nominations for volunteers to participate on a Tobacco Treatment (TOB) eCQM Task Force. Nominees should be health IT experts who can provide technical feedback to inform the electronic specification development for these three tobacco treatment measures. The establishment of the TOB eCQM Task Force is a new approach to incorporate implementer input and identify potential feasibility issues early in the measure specification process.
Nominations for the TOB eCQM Task Force will be accepted through 9 p.m. PT, Sunday, April 5, 2015, via an online nomination form. Details on the nomination process and requirements are provided below.
If you are not interested in participating in the TOB eCQM Task Force but would like your hospital/health system to be considered as a test site for the three tobacco treatment eCQMs, please let us know.
eCQM Task Force Overview
The purpose of the TOB eCQM Task Force is to engage eCQM implementers in the electronic specification process, in order to produce clear, implementable eCQM specifications. Specifically, the TOB eCQM Task Force will support early identification of data capture issues related to data sources, granularity and encoding, as well as implications for workflow, to enable a collaborative and iterative process for the development of achievable eCQM specifications.
The TOB eCQM Task Force will be composed of up to 15 individuals representing diverse perspectives on eCQM implementation. The group membership will include both hospital and vendor representatives. The project team is specifically seeking members with expertise in:
- Clinical informatics, e.g. nurse informaticists, clinical decision support specialists, eCQM reporting specialists;
- EHR systems design and development, e.g. EHR vendor staff;
- EHR implementation, e.g. EHR clinical analysts, implementation specialists, workflow design specialists;
- Standard terminologies, e.g. SNOMED CT®, LOINC®, RxNorm;
- Health IT technical standards, e.g. HL7 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA), HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA).
Members’ Responsibilities and Expected Commitment
The project team will engage the TOB eCQM Task Force throughout the initial development and feasibility testing of the eCQM specifications, which is anticipated to span eight months, starting April 2015. During this initial phase, there will be up to three telephone/web conference meetings, and each meeting will be 60 to 120 minutes long.
The preliminary schedule for TOB eCQM Task Force meetings is as follows:
- Early May: Kick-off and discussion of data capture for draft data criteria;
- Late June/early July: discussion of draft eCQM logic and value sets;
- Late September/early October: discussion of feasibility testing results and public comment.
TOB eCQM Task Force members will be asked to:
- Provide input on the feasibility of structured data sources, impact on clinical workflow, and appropriate representation of eCQM elements;
- Review and provide feedback on the clarity and viability of implementation of eCQM specifications (including data criteria, eCQM logic, and value sets);
- Provide advice to the eCQM development team on specific eCQM elements and logic modeling options.
TOB eCQM Task Force members will be asked to review briefing materials prior to meetings. Additionally, members may be called upon periodically to review information and provide comments between meetings. In addition, the project team may request continued engagement of TOB eCQM Task Force members after the initial eCQM development period.
Nomination Process Details
Nominations for the TOB eCQM Task Force will be accepted through an online nomination form. Please submit your nomination by 9 p.m. PT, Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Information required to complete the nomination form includes:
- Applicant’s information (name, credentials and professional role, and contact information);
- Applicant’s organizational affiliation;
- A brief statement of interest, including applicant’s expertise relevant to the TOB eCQM Task Force;
- Curriculum vitae, resume, or a summary of relevant experience;
- Conflict of interest disclosure.
If you have any questions concerning the TOB eCQM Task Force or the nomination process, please contact Brenna Rabel, (609) 945-6564.