The Opioid Measure Implementation Guide

How to implement the safe use of opioids ecqm

Opioid-Implementation-2021-MockupCMS released a new eCQM in 2020, CMS 506: Safe use of Opioids - Concurrent Prescribing. This measure is available to submit as part of your 2021 Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) requirements. By 2022, your hospital is required to report your performance on this measure for three quarters of the year.


This guide explains:

  • What the opioid measure is
  • The requirements of the measure
  • The eCQM mapping, specifications and workflows
  • Improvement strategies