Now Available: The CMS Data Receiving System Edits Document to Assist Data Submitters to Troubleshoot QRDA Category I Conformance Statement Errors for CY 2017 eCQM Reporting

December 4, 2017 - 4:02pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing the availability of a CMS Data Receiving System Edits document for Calendar Year (CY) 2017 electronic clinical quality measureinfo-icon (eCQMinfo-icon) reporting. The document assists data submitters as they troubleshoot file errors that may be generated during the submission of Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDAinfo-icon) Category I test and production files to the Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) system through the QualityNet 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 eCQM reporting requirements for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Electronic Health Records (EHRinfo-icon) Incentive Programs. 

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

  • Document overview and instructions
  • 2017 Program Edits – Errors tab — This tab offers details on more than 1400 conformance statement messages (e.g., the Template ID where the error occurs, the condition or content expected within the QRDA I file to address the error)
  • 2017 HQR Validation — This tab provides specifics regarding additional HQR system-requirement validation checks performed entirely in custom Java code.

Note: CMS is also publishing an updated version of the CMS Conformance Statement Resource for CY 2017 reporting. The CMS Conformance Statement Resource 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 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. 

The resource is available for download on the eCQM page under the Technical Specificationsinfo-icon tab of the website, the Hospital IQR, Resources and Tools page on the website, and on the eCQI Resource Centerinfo-icon in the coming weeks.


If you need more information:

  • For questions concerning the QualityNet Secure Portal, Pre-Submission Validation Application (PSVA), and file-error messages, please open a ticket with the QualityNet Help Desk at
  • For questions regarding the EHR Incentive Program, please contact the EHR      Information Center (EHRIC) at (888) 734-6433.
  • To locate measure specifications, the CMS Implementation Guide for Quality      Reporting Document Architecture Category I Hospital Quality Reportiing, and additional technical guidance materials associated with eCQM reporting, please visit the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center website. If additional assistance is required to troubleshoot QRDA Category I conformance statements, please email the eCQI Resource Center at
  • For questions regarding the Hospital IQR Program, please contact the Hospital Inpatient VIQR Outreach and Education Support Team at or
    (844) 472-4477.
Last Updated: June 19, 2018