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AQI is happy to announce our part in National Health IT week beginning September15. Learn the value of health IT in anesthesiology here.
Happy 5th Birthday AQI!
ASA Practice Survey
The American Society of Anesthesiologists reached out to the Anesthesia Quality Institute to collaborate in developing a practice survey. AQI developed the survey based on the input of ASA’s Committee on Large Group Practices headed by Dr. Patrick Giam. Answer the short survey today.
AQI Wins 'Power of A' Award
The American Society of Association Executives announced winners of its 2014 Power of A awards. Learn more about the award given to the Anesthesia Quality Institute.
AQI Partners with Cerner!
AQI is excited to announce our new partnership with Cerner. Cerner is the first EMR to directly provide clinical data such as clinical timings and medications to AQI. This is a great step in the direction of improvement for patient care, as this will now allow Cerner’s clients to benchmark their performance against their peers at the national, regional, and facility level. The creation of a Cerner reporting routine for AQI participants demonstrates their commitment to advancing quality improvement in anesthesiology.
AQI BECOMES AN APPROVED QCDR
The National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR), developed and maintained by the AQI, has been designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). Learn more about the designation and what this means to anesthesiology and AQI.
ASA's Department of Quality and Regulatory Affairs has released a series of training videos for PQRS:
Introduction to PQRS-Chapter 1
Individual Reporting Options-Chapter 2
Group Reporting Options-Chapter 3
Concluding Information and Resources-Chapter 4
You can find more information and other helpful resources on our PQRS Reporting page.
New CMS Resources Available for Multiple Medicare Quality Reporting Programs - ASA Washington Alerts
The April 2014 issue of Anesthesiology News featured research from AQI's National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry in the article "Anesthetic Choice for TKA Tied to Board Certification". Click the link to read the full article.
What types of cases do anesthesiology residents spend their time performing? The January 2014 issue of the journal Anesthesiology sought to answer that question by featuring an infographic from Jonathan P. Wanderer titled Infographics in Anesthesiology: Resident Anesthetic Case Types. Click the link to learn more.
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The AQI is seeking a few pioneering pain practices to help us launch our newest venture, the National Pain Registry (NPR). Much like the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry, the NPR will be based on clinical information about each patient taken directly from existing digital information. Participating practices will build links from their billing system and electronic health records (EHRs) directly to the NPR. In addition to episodic information about pain treatment procedures, the NPR will have the ability to track patients longitudinally in time to document changes in chronic pain and other symptoms in response to ongoing treatment.
Contact Ashley Kieta, AQI's Communications Associate, to learn more and sign up.
Other AQI Info:
Take a look at AQI's Annual Newsletter for January
Anesthesiologists can now report on PQRS measure #44: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. For more information click here.
Take a look at AQI's accomplishments for 2013!
AQI's Notable Events of 2013
The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) offers a Participant User File (PUF) for contributors to its census registry, the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The file contains outcome information on up to 14 million cases over the span of four years from more than 100 different sources. Physicians interested in using the data for scholarly research can click here and apply to receive a copy of this research dataset.
Slides from the 50 Facts in 50 Minutes are now available. (For best results please view in powerpoint)
AQI is a designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO).
Read the full letter from AHRQ here.