2018 eCQM Requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® Initiative for Quality Improvement

By Erin Heilman. Posted May 11, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

eCQM reporting can be frustrating and overwhelming. We get it—but there’s a silver lining! The work that you put in to successfully meet your eCQM requirements will ultimately help to improve the quality of care offered at your organization.

While you still have time to meet the June 30th deadline for eCQM submissions to The Joint Commission, it’s never too early to start preparing for round two!

Today, we are going to focus on 2018 eCQM requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® initiative for quality improvement program. We break down the major requirements in the following short video.

Don’t feel like listening to us yap? Get the written recap below.


Phew, nothing new here for 2018. Hospitals must still submit four of the available 13 eCQMs to the program.

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This is the second year that eCQMs are required as a part of The Joint Commission ORYX® program. Remember, these eCQMs must be submitted separately from the eCQMs required for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program.


Just as last year, you must submit one quarter of 2018 data. Keep in mind that the eCQM submission process for The Joint Commission is completely different than the submission process for the CMS IQR program. We suggest that you begin submitting your measures as soon as the window opens in December of 2018, however, you do have until March 15, 2019 to submit your data to The Joint Commission.

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Note: Your data must be submitted no later than 8:00 p.m. CT on the submission deadline.


You have two reporting options for 2018:

  1. Use an acceptable ORYX® vendor, like Medisolv, to submit your eCQM data or
  2. Complete a direct submission through The Joint Commission portal.


The easier option is to use an ORYX® vendor (*cough Medisolv cough*) to submit your eCQMs, but if you choose to direct submit, there are a few guidelines that you must follow.

  1. The data file that you submit must use EHR technology that’s certified to the 2014 or 2015 edition of CEHRT.
  2. The EHR technology must be listed on the ONC Certified Health IT Product List.
  3. All files submitted to The Joint Commission must be in the QRDA 1 file format.

Medisolv offers a quality reporting solution that helps hospitals and clinicians monitor and submit their eCQMs to various regulatory programs such as The Joint Commission and CMS.

So, if you’re looking for someone to help you with implementation, validation and submission of eCQMs, send us a note. We’d love to have a chat and see if we are a good fit for you.

P.S. If you haven’t submitted your eCQMs to The Joint Commission for 2017, we can still help! Send us an email at info@medisolv.com and we will get you all squared away for your 2017 reporting year.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018
1 p.m. ET | 12 p.m. CT | 10 a.m. PT

What does your eCQM data tell you about your clinical documentation processes, data management and ultimately, the quality of care of patient’s in your hospital?

For the past few years, many hospitals have been focused on simply setting up eCQMs to meet the minimum reporting requirements. For most, the idea that eCQMs could accurately reflect the quality of care in a hospital setting and initiate actionable change is unimaginable.

In this free educational webinar, Medisolv will share tips from their most successful hospitals and how they improved their eCQM results to help drive performance improvement.

If you’ve already implemented eCQMs, but you aren’t sure what to do next, this webinar is for you. Meet your regulatory reporting requirements and drive performance improvement activities at your hospital.


  1. Review common challenges facing hospitals during eCQM data validation;
  2. Construct a plan to improve your eCQM results;
  3. Identify common errors when performing eCQM data validation and recognize how to locate and address gaps in performance;
  4. Identify the requirements for regulatory programs requiring eCQM submission.


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Erin Heilman

Erin Heilman

Erin Heilman is the Marketing Director for Medisolv, Inc.

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