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Coming Soon in September: CMS Hospital Quality Reporting System Will Open for Calendar Year 2018 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Data

August 27, 2018 - 11:25pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to provide an update to hospitals and vendors that the Hospital Quality Reporting system is on track to become available the week of September 10, 2018 to accept electronic clinical quality measureinfo-icon (eCQMinfo-icon) data for the Calendar Year (CY) 2018 reporting period. The system, accessible via the QualityNetinfo-icon Secure Portal, is being updated to accept Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA)info-icon Category I test and production files utilizing the CY 2018 requirements.

CMS will provide another update when the CMS system officially opens to receive test and production QRDA Category I file submissions for eCQM reporting. CMS will provide notification through a number of outlets, including ListServes, provider webinars, and workgroups. Preparation checklists for reporting CY 2018 eCQMsinfo-icon are available on QualityNet.

NOTE: Test QRDA Category I data submissions are considered practice and do not count towards CMS program credit. Production QRDA Category I data submissions are provided by hospitals, or by health ITinfo-icon vendors on the hospital’s behalf, and are the final data submissions intended to fulfill the electronic CQMinfo-icon reporting requirements for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Promoting Interoperability Programs.

Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVAinfo-icon) Availability

CMS notified hospitals and vendors via ListServe 2018-127-IP in July 2018 that the PSVA tool was updated to contain the CY 2018 eCQM specificationsinfo-icon so that hospitals and their vendors can conduct format checks of test and production files. The PSVA tool also provides a report to identify errors in the file(s) prior to file submissions. QRDA Category I file submissions utilizing the PSVA tool will not be available until the CMS system is open to accept test and production QRDA Category I files. Visit to locate materials for the August 8, 2018 webinar, PSVA Overview for eCQM Data Submission in Calendar Year 2018.

NOTE: The PSVA tool will require users to download a new version of the PSVA tool and the 2018 Schematron, if it has not been updated since July 20, 2018. If a PSVA tool update is available, users will be prompted to update the tool. Users can download the latest version of the tool after logging into the Secure File Transfer application within the QualityNet Secure Portal. When users open the PSVA tool, the application will run a check against the Schematron that the user has installed. The PSVA tool will identify that a new Schematron is available and will prompt users to download the new Schematron to their workstation.

Additional Resources


  • For questions concerning the QualityNet Secure Portal, PSVA tool, and file error messages, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at or (866) 288-2912.

  • For questions regarding eCQM measure specifications, value setsinfo-icon, and appropriateness of mapping, contact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technologyinfo-icon (ONC) eCQM Issue Tracker.

  • For questions regarding the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, contact the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contract team at or (844) 472-4477.

  • Questions regarding the Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly referred to as the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program) should be directed to the QualityNet Help Desk at or (866) 288-2912.

Last Updated: August 27, 2018