The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the 2021 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Implementation Guide (IG), Schematron, and Sample File for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR). The 2021 CMS QRDA I IG outlines requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to report electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the calendar year 2021 reporting period for the:
- Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program
- Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly known as the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record [EHR] Incentive Programs) for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
The 2021 CMS QRDA I IG contains high-level changes compared with the 2020 CMS QRDA I IG:
- Alignment with Health Level Seven International® (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) R2 IG: QRDA Category I (QRDA I), Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU) Release 5.2, which supports Quality Data Model (QDM) v5.5.
- Guidance for submitting the voluntary Hybrid Hospital-Wide Readmission measure for the July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 measurement period
The 2021 CMS QRDA I Schematron updates include:
- QRDA Category I Report – CMS (V7): Updated extension to "2020-02-01" and updated to contain Patient Data Section Quality Data Model (QDM) – CMS (V7)
- Patient Data Section QDM – CMS (V7): Updated extension to "2020-02-01"
- Incorporated Schematron updates from the base HL7 QRDA I STU Release 5.2 Schematron
The 2021 CMS QRDA I Sample Files updates include:
- Updates to conform with 2021 CMS QRDA I IG specifications
- Added a new sample file for voluntary submission of Hybrid Hospital-Wide Readmission measure
Additional QRDA-Related Resources:
To find out more about QRDA and eCQMs, visit the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center.
For questions related to the QRDA Implementation Guides and/or Schematrons, visit the ONC Project Tracking System (Jira) QRDA project.