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NLM Launches Value Set Authority Center (VSAC)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has launched the NLM Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). Initially the VSAC will provide downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures. The value sets provide lists of the numerical values and individual names from standard vocabularies used to define the clinical concepts (e.g. diabetes, clinical visit) used in the quality measures. The content of the VSAC will gradually expand to incorporate value sets for other use cases, as well as for new measures and updates to existing measures.

Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License.

The NLM launch of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official 2014 Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs).  

NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria.

New 2014 Clinical Quality Measure Resources

The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the new 2014 Clinical Quality Measures

Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help

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