Clinical quality measures
Stage 2 requires physicians to report additional clinical quality measures (CQMs). Dermatologists do not need to perform any CQMs that are not relevant to their practices. This measure simply requires the physician to report his or her numerators and denominators for each CQM, however, it is changed from Stage 1 in that the physician is allowed to report this through his or her EHR.
The physician can report zero numerators, zero denominators, or any combination of such if a measure does not apply. You should speak with your EHR vendor to determine how they plan on allowing your specialty practice to report the CQMs.
If your vendor does not have this capability, you can continue reporting the CQMs via attestation. Please note: you should not select that you participate in the Medicare PQRS-EHR Incentive Pilot when you attest to this question on the CMS website. The AAD’s QRS registry does NOT qualify as a submission vendor for clinical quality measures for purposes of meaningful use.
Additionally, you are allowed to report the CQMs in a different time period from the core and menu set measures. Thus, a provider could report all the meaningful use measures except CQMs from Jan. 1-March 31, 2014 and then report the CQMs from April 1-June 30, 2014.
Physicians can also report via one method for both PQRS and the meaningful use CQMs. The dermatology-specific PQRS measures are not allowed to be reported through this option; however dermatologists can select other measures to participate. Contact your EHR vendor to find out if they currently offer this option.
CMS has posted additional clinical quality measure information here. A full list of all the CQMs is available here.