The Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) is a web-based tool that allows measure developers to author electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) using the Quality Data Model (QDM). The tool provides the capability to express complex measure logic and export measures in several formats, including a human-readable document that can be viewed in a web browser, the fundamental green eCQM XML syntax (SimpleXML), and an eCQM HQMF XML document for integration with EHRs. The data expressed in the tool by users serves as the input for the ‘transform' process which ultimately supports the defined export files.
Under contract with the National Quality Forum, a Beta version of the tool was initially developed and released in January 2011. The Basic version of the tool was released in September 2011, followed by the Enhanced version in January 2012. Effective January 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services assumed ownership of the MAT and has contracted with Health Care Innovation Services (HCIS), a Joint Venture between Telligen and Net-Integrated Consulting (NIC) for the ongoing development, maintenance, and support.