Additional Advancing Care Information Identifier for 2017 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guide Eligible Clinicians

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:24 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified an additional advancing care information identifier for use with the 2017 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category III (QRDA III) Implementation Guide (IG) Version 1.0 for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals Programs. The identifier ACI_IACEHRT_1 for Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus should be used when submitting for an ACI bonus for the use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for an improvement activity. An updated version of the 2018 CMS QRDA III IG will be published to reflect the addition of this identifier. This announcement is for vendors and data submitters about the additional identifier missing from the table ‘Advancing Care Information Objectives and Measures Identifiers’.

ACI Improvement Activities

If you have not yet submitted QRDA III data to the Quality Payment Program for 2017 and need to account for the ACI_IACEHRT_1, you can simply include this measure identifier as part of your advancing care information section of your submission file.

If you have already submitted QRDA III data to the Quality Payment Program for 2017 and need to include the ACI_IACEHRT identifier, you can either:

  • Submit a full QRDA III submission which includes all the data previously submitted,  plus the ACI_IACEHRT_1 measure, or
  • Submit a QRDA III for only the advancing care information category which includes all the data previously submitted for advancing care information,  plus the ACI_IACEHRT_1 measure

Additional QRDA-Related Resources

You can find additional QRDA related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, on the eCQI Resource Center and the CMS eCQM Library. 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 or contact us by phone 1-866-288-8292, TTY: 1-877-715-6222 or email QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

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