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Now Available: 2021 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guide, Schematron, and Sample File for Hospital Quality Reporting

May 28, 2020 - 02:00pm

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:

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.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2020