Last year, CMS finalized the removal of dozens of measures from the IQR program in 2019 and beyond to focus on more meaningful, patient-centered outcome measures. You can check out the full list of IQR measures being removed for 2019-2021 here.
In this rule, CMS has made additional measure changes:
• Adopt one new opioid-related eCQM beginning with the CY 2021 reporting period:
o Safe Use of Opioids – Concurrent Prescribing (CMS decided not to adopt the second opioid-related eCQM which was Hospital Harm – Opioid-Related Adverse Events)
• Remove the Claims-Based Hospital-Wide All-Cause Readmission measure and replace it with the Hybrid Hospital-Wide All-Cause Readmission (Hybrid HWR) measure.