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e-Measures (ECQMs)

The below table lists the two e-Measures that underwent vigorous testing for validity, reliability, feasibility and usability. 

 Purpose Measure  AHRQ Domain 
 Evaluating Quality of Care  eMeasure: Oral Health Care Continuity for Children 2-20 Years  Process
  eMeasure: Oral Health Sealants for Children 6-9 Years    Process

The National Quality Forum (NQF) defines eMeasures or electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as “standardized performance measures in an electronic format”. eMeasures are developed specifically using data from EHRs and can promote more accurate, efficient, and comprehensive performance measurement.The two DQA eMeasures have been tested for validity, reliability, feasibility and usability. For more information on these eMeasures, please contact the DQA staff or the United States Health Information Knowledgebase website.

Below are the detailed specifications for the DQA additional measures. As you implement these measures, we would like your feedback. Please send us information on what worked, challenges you faced, and experiences with these measures. This information will be used as the DQA reviews and updates measure specifications in the future. Please send comments to Diptee Ojha at ojhad@ada.org

 Care Continuity for Children 2-20 Years Description: Children, age 2-20 years, who received a limited, periodic, comprehensive, or problem focused oral evaluation or an oral assessment in the year prior to the measurement year.  To access the eMeasure detailed specifications, please link to the United States Health Information Knowledgebase.
 Sealants for Children 6-9 Years Description:  Children, age 6-9 years, who received a comprehensive or periodic oral evaluation or an oral assessment and are at moderate to high risk for caries in the measurement year.  To access the eMeasure detailed specifications, please link to the United States Health Information Knowledgebase.

 The Dental Quality Alliance has published an E-Measure document titled: Pediatric Oral Healthcare, Exploring the Feasibility for E-Measures. This document explores the feasibility of adapting the DQA's Starter Set of administrative (using claims/eligibility data) measures for pediatric oral health into e-Measures. Document posted on Jan. 10, 2013.