CMS Data Receiving System Now Accepting QRDA Category I Test and Production Files for CY 2017 Reporting

May 3, 2017 - 4:43am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data receiving system in the QualityNet Secure Portal is now open.  The data receiving system is accepting submissions of Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I test and production files for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs Calendar Year (CY) 2017/Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 electronic reporting requirements.  The system was updated to accept QRDA Category I test and production files utilizing the CY 2017 requirements.

The Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVA) is available for download from the Secure File Transfer area in the QualityNet Secure Portal.  The PSVA contains the CY 2017 requirements against which both test and production QRDA Category I files can be tested to confirm that they are properly formatted.  The PSVA also provides a report to identify errors contained in the file(s) prior to production file submission activities.  Visit the website for archived PSVA presentation materials.

NOTE: The PSVA Tool will require users to download a new version of PSVA and the 2017 schematron, if it has not been updated since April 1, 2017.  When users open PSVA, the application will run a check against the schematron that is stored on the server.  PSVA will identify that a new schematron is available and will prompt users to download the new schematron to their workstation.

Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that seek to report eCQMs under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program or the Hospital IQR Program must use the following:

QRDA Category I file specifications, schematrons, sample files, and other helpful materials are located on the electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center website at

NOTE: Test data submissions are submissions that do not count as submissions; they are practice submissions.  Production data submissions are considered final submissions meant to fulfill Hospital IQR Program and Medicare EHR Incentive Program submission requirements.


For questions concerning the QualityNet Secure Portal, PSVA, and file error messages, please open a ticket with the QualityNet Help Desk at

For questions regarding eCQM measure specifications, value sets, and appropriateness of mapping, please submit questions to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) CQM Issue Tracker at

For questions on the EHR Incentive Program, please contact the EHR Information Center (EHRIC) at (888) 734-6433.

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.