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Now Available: The CY 2018 eCQM Data Receiving System Edits Document to Assist Data Submitters to Troubleshoot QRDA Category I Conformance Statement Errors

December 12, 2018 - 5:05pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing the availability of a CY 2018 eCQM Data Receiving System Edits Document. This resource assists data submitters as they troubleshoot errors that may be generated during the submission of Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA)info-icon Category I test and production files to the Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) system through the QualityNetinfo-icon Secure Portal. Errors are identified with a conformance statement or system-requirement specificationinfo-icon. Conformance statement errors must be addressed to successfully submit QRDA Category I files to fulfill electronic clinical quality measureinfo-icon (eCQMinfo-icon) reporting requirements for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Promoting Interoperability Programs.

This searchable resource document is presented in Microsoft Excel format and includes the following:

  • Document overview and directions
  • CY 2018 Program Edits-Errors tab — This tab offers details on more than 1,400 conformance statement messages (e.g., the Template ID where the error occurs, the condition or content expected within the QRDA Category I file to address the error)
  • CY 2018 HQR Validation Msgs. tab — This tab provides specifics regarding additional HQR system-requirement validation checks performed entirely in custom Java code.

The CY 2018 eCQM Data Receiving System Edits Document is available for download on the Quality Reporting Center > Hospital IQR Program > Resources and Tools page, under the eCQM Resources for IQR section. The resource will also be available for download on the eCQM Reporting page, under the Technical Specificationsinfo-icon section in the coming weeks.

Note: CMS has published an updated version of the CMS Conformance Statement Resource for calendar year (CY) 2018 reporting. The QRDA Category I CMS Conformance Statement Resource – CY 2018 eCQM Reporting is a related, interactive tool that focuses on the most commonly occurring conformance messages and provides greater interpretation of the conformance statement for those less familiar with this process. The CMS Conformance Statement Resource complements and differs from the CMS Data Receiving System Edits Document as the CMS Data Receiving System Edits Document provides greater technical guidance for conformance statement and HQR system-specific validation messages. Visit the QRDA – Tools and Resources tab on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center to obtain the updated copy of the CMS Conformance Statement Resource.

  • For questions concerning the QualityNet Secure Portal, Pre-Submission Validation Application, the Promoting Interoperability Programs, and file-error messages, please open a ticket with the QualityNet Help Desk at
  • To locate measure specifications, the CMS Implementation Guide for Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Hospital Quality Reporting, and additional technical guidance materials associated with eCQM reporting, please visit the eCQI Resource Center website.
  • For questions regarding the Hospital IQR Program, please contact the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support team at or (844) 472-4477.
Last Updated: December 12, 2018