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How to participate in QCDR reporting for 2015

The National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) was approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2014.

For 2015, AQI and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) are providing this service to eligible providers in anesthesia. In 2015, QCDR reporting will be free for ASA members who are participating in NACOR. QCDR reporting will be offered to non-member participants in NACOR at a nominal cost.

Please note: The current reporting requirements for 2015: Practices must report on 9 measures including 2 outcomes measures.

If you are currently an AQI participant and would like to report through the QCDR:

You must:

  • Contact ASA at QCDR@asahq.org and an ASA representative will contact you to assist you in the process of signing up for QCDR reporting.
  • Self-nominate with AQI for QCDR reporting at the beginning of 2015. Contact Annette Antos to self-nominate.
  • Attend regular phone calls/meetings to ensure that AQI is receiving the proper data.
  • Sign off on the regular monthly data reports that AQI will send to the practice.
  • Approve the final transmission of EP performance data to CMS.

 

If you are not an AQI participant and would like to report through the QCDR:

You must:

  • Sign up to become a NACOR participant. Steps include:
    • Completion of a Business Associate Agreement with the AQI.
    • Payment of any necessary fees. AQI participation is free to ASA members and any EPs working with them in the care team model.
    • Completion of the AQI practice profile.
    • Transmission of electronic data to the registry (including the necessary measure codes) beginning in January 2015.
  • Contact ASA at QCDR@asahq.org and an ASA representative will contact you to assist you in the process of signing up for QCDR reporting.
  • Self-nominate with AQI for QCDR reporting by the beginning of 2015. Contact Annette Antos to self-nominate.
  • Attend regular phone calls/meetings to ensure that AQI is receiving the proper data.
  • Sign off on regular monthly data reports that AQI will send to the practice.
  • Approve the final transmission of EP performance data to CMS.

 

View ASA’s QCDR page for more information on how to participate in PQRS reporting via AQI.

AQI PQRS Resources:

Understanding PQRS and why participating in an anesthesia QCDR in beneficial—Recorded Webinar

QCDR approved measures including non-PQRS measures

AQI non-PQRS measures narrative

QCDR Overview-Annual Meeting presentation
 

 

2014 CMS PQRS Resources:

CMS PQRS timeline

CMS PQRS website

2014 claims/registry measures specifications manual

2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
(Slideshow Presentation)