Attention hospitals seeking to receive electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments: If you don't know what PQRI XML submissions mean, it's time to read John Halamka's latest blog entry.

Halamka is CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, HIT Standards Committee co-chair and a practicing physician. His new entry tackles the PQRI XML files needed to submit quality measures to the government. Support for these files is required for Complete EHR certification of hospital systems.

In total, 19 PQRI XML files are needed to meet meaningful use quality measures for hospitals. Each file uses identical XML, but Halamka lays out the seven parameters that change. He then walks through a real-life example using NQF Measure 0435, a specific stroke treatment measure required under meaningful use.

After explaining the six steps to determine compliance with the measure, Halamka then shows what the XML file for the measure would look like. He ends by explaining differences with emergency department measures, which capture time measurement rather than patient counts, and how to create three necessary files for each measure.

The blog is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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