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Now Available: CMS Hospital Quality Reporting System is Now Open for Calendar Year 2018 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Data

September 13, 2018 - 11:12am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to notify hospitals and vendors that as of September 12, 2018, the Hospital Quality Reporting system is available to accept eCQMinfo-icon data for the Calendar Year (CY) 2018 reporting period. The system, accessible via the QualityNetinfo-icon Secure Portal, has been updated to accept Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA)info-icon Category I test and production files utilizing the CY 2018 requirements.

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. The CMS system is open to accept test and production QRDA Category I file submissions utilizing the PSVA tool. 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 currently 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.

In response to provider need, CMS has developed and posted updated resources to assist with the reporting of CY 2018 eCQM data for the Hospital IQR Program and the Promoting Interoperability Program for eligible hospitalsinfo-icon and critical access hospitalsinfo-icon. These documents include:

You may view these documents under the eCQM Resources pages on the and websites. We hope that you will find them useful as you outline the steps needed for the submission of eCQM data for CY 2018.

As a reminder, hospitals are required to submit at least four of the available 15 eCQMsinfo-icon for one self-selected quarter of CY 2018 data (Q1, Q2, Q3 or Q4) by the reporting deadline, February 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PT. The successful submission of eCQMs includes any combination of QRDA

Category I files with patients meeting the initial patient population of the applicable measure(s), zero denominatorinfo-icon declarations, and/or case threshold exemptions. Utilization of the zero denominator and case threshold exemption only apply if the hospital has EHRinfo-icon technology certified to report the eCQMs.

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Last Updated: September 17, 2018