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Now Available: 2020 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guide, Schematron, and Sample Files


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2020 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) III Implementation Guide (IG) along with the Schematron and Sample Files.
The 2020 CMS QRDA III IG outlines requirements for eligible clinicians and eligible professionals to report electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), improvement activities, and promoting interoperability measures for the calendar year 2020 performance period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI).

There are several high-level changes as compared with the 2019 CMS QRDA III IG, one of them being that CPC+ participants must include a CMS EHR Certification ID that represents the Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) used by the CPC+ practice sites during the performance period. The CMS EHR Certification ID is optional for the MIPS Quality performance category and remains, but is required for the PI performance category.

Additional QRDA-related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, are found on the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center QRDA page. For questions related to this guidance, the QRDA IGs, Schematrons, or Sample Files, visit the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Project Tracking System (Jira) QRDA project.