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Now Available: Updated 2018 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guide for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals

March 12, 2018 - 11:08am

Additional Advancing Care Information Identifier for Use with the 2018 CMS QRDAinfo-icon III Implementation Guide

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an updated 2018 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category III (QRDA III) Implementation Guide (IG) for Eligible Clinician and Eligible Professional Programs. This is a republication of the 2018 CMS QRDA III IG for Eligible Cliniciansinfo-icon and Eligible Professionalsinfo-icon published on 11/27/2017. The updated version now includes an additional identifier (ACI_IACEHRT_1) for the Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus to be used when an eligible improvement activity using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) is submitted to the Quality Payment Program. The 2018 CMS QRDA III IG provides implementation guidance for the calendar year 2018 performance period.

  • Identifier: ACI_IACEHRT_1
  • Description: Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus
  • Reporting Metric: Yes/No

When you’re submitting QRDA III data to the Quality Payment Program for 2018 and you need to account for the ACI_IACEHRT_1, you can simply include this identifier as part of the Advancing Care Information section of your submission file.

Additional QRDA-Related Resources:

  • You can find additional QRDA related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, on the eCQI Resource Center
  • For questions related to the QRDA Implementation Guides and/or Schematrons, visit the ONC QRDA JIRA Issue Tracker.

For questions related to Quality Payment Program/Merit-based Incentive Payment System data submissions, visit the Quality Payment Program website. You can also contact the Quality Payment Program Service Center by phone: 1-866-288-8292/TTY: 1-877-715-6222 or via email:

Last Updated: March 12, 2018