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External Tools & Resources

Tools & Resources Overview

MMS Tools & Resources

Numerous tools and resources are available to assist measure developers in the different stages of the Measure Lifecycle. New tools and resources are always under development. These are illustrative examples of currently available tools and resources.

Resource Description
CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) CMIT is a repository for information about CMS measures used to inform stakeholders, manage the CMS measure portfolio, and guide measure development.
CMS Measures Under Consideration Entry / Review Information Tool (MERIT) CMS MERIT is a data collection portal that allows measure developers to submit candidate measures to CMS for consideration.
De Novo Measure Scan (DNMS) (Login Required) DNMS is an advanced feature of the ESST that helps measure developers conduct early and frequent environmental scans while developing new measures.
Environmental Scan Support Tool (ESST) ESST is a tool within the CMIT environment, intended to automate environmental scans required in the information gathering process for developing and maintaining quality measures.
Measures Management System (MMS) Support Help Desk The MMS is the primary point of contact for providing guidance on the measure development process and resolving issues.

CMS Tools & Resources

Resource Description
Bonnie Bonnie is a tool that enables electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) developers to test and verify behavior of their eCQM logic.
CMS Data Element Library (DEL) The DEL is the centralized resource for CMS assessment instrument data elements, questions, responses, and their associated information technology standards.
Cypress Cypress is an open-source testing tool used by vendors to certify their electronic health records and health information technology modules for calculating eCQMs.
Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center The eCQI Resource Center provides resources and connections for professionals dedicated to eCQI for better health.
Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) The MAT is a web-based tool that enables measure developers to author eCQMs using Clinical Quality Language and the Quality Data Model.

Additional Tools & Resources

Resource Description
Health Level Seven International (HL7)® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)® FHIR is an open-source HL7 standard for exchanging healthcare information electronically in order to advance interoperability.
National Quality Forum (NQF) Quality Positioning System (QPS) The QPS is a web-based inventory tool to help stakeholders select and use NQF-endorsed measures.
Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) The VSAC is a repository and authoring tool for public value sets created by measure developers.


Last Updated: May 2022