2017 NACOR registration and renewal deadline approaching

Practices renewing for 2017 NACOR Quality Reporting must complete the online order form by Tuesday, October 31. More information about NACOR Quality Reporting is available on the NACOR Quality Reporting Options and Mechanisms webpage.

Discuss patient safety and earn MOCA credit at AIRS Safe Tables seminar at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017

Based on incidents reported to the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (AIRS), this Safe Tables seminar offers a forum to confidentially discuss patient safety events within the AQI Patient Safety Organization. Basic concepts of patient safety and human factors will be discussed and followed by AQI AIRS leadership-guided breakout sessions to engage attendees in the analysis of factors that contributed to the safety events, including human, system, cultural, and institutional factors. The seminar will involve designing system changes that could prevent future safety events from reaching the patient. Attendees will be asked to share their own experiences. Separate registration is required. Register now for SM701 - AIRS Safe Tables.

Join us at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 for the AQI MACRA Reporting Seminar

Learn about 2017 MACRA reporting from AQI and ASA experts during the AQI MACRA Reporting Seminar at 1:10 p.m., Sunday, October 22. In this four-hour session at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017, participants will learn how to select quality measures and improvement activities and discuss tools and strategies for successfully reporting MIPS via AQI’s NACOR. A brief discussion on potential 2018 MACRA regulations is scheduled as well. Register now. Attendees also can register on site.

Importance of submitting appropriate measure codes

When preparing your NACOR data submission, make sure to carefully review the CPT codes included in each measure. AQI recently learned that some practices’ measure results were not displayed in their NACOR dashboards as the practices expected because their data submissions did not contain appropriate CPT codes. AQI’s NACOR can only accept CPT codes included in the specifications for each measure. For example, if a given measure requires ASA CPT codes, NACOR cannot accept surgical CPT codes for that measure. If appropriate CPT codes are not submitted, NACOR cannot calculate the measures a practice intends on reporting. For more information on measure specifications, refer to the 2017 QCDR Measure Booklet and 2017 MIPS at a Glance.

2017 QCDR Measure Specification Book – UPDATED

AQI has updated the 2017 QCDR Measure Specification book that was previously posted on June 23. We made updates to the modification table to assist with identifying the changes in the measures from 2016 to 2017.

AQI introduces new NACOR data submission portal

AQI has introduced a new data submission process through ePreop that went into effect July 10. All National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) participants and vendors must upload complete (merged and formatted) data files to the new NACOR data submission portal. For assistance with ftp login credentials, file upload and file feedback reports, email nacorsupport@arbormetrix.com.

Your practice/vendor should receive email instructions soon with your new FTP account information. AQI’s current FTP server was locked down in late June. Access to the new data submission portal began at 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 10. As indicated in the AQI NACOR data flow chart, ePreop will provide data validation services and ArborMetrix will continue to provide data analytics, CMS Quality Reports and submission of Quality data to CMS.

2017 NACOR MIPS and non-MIPS QCDR measures approved by CMS

The Anesthesia Quality Institute’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) was approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), as well as a Qualified Registry (QR), by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS has published the 2017 MIPS and approved the non-MIPS QCDR quality measures. In 2017 NACOR’s QR will include 31 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures. NACOR’s QCDR will include the 31 MIPS measures and 15 non-MIPS measures.

Anesthesiology specialty measure specifications also can be found in the CMS Quality Payment Program resource library.

2017 MACRA MIPS Information

NACOR Quality Reporting solutions

Reporting options: Individual and Group Practice Reporting (NEW in 2017)

Reporting mechanisms: Qualified Registry (QR) and Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)

MIPS Improvement Activity Suggestions

ASA’s suggested improvement activities for anesthesiology and pain medicine will help clinicians attest for credit in the improvement activities component of MIPS. The new performance category in 2017 rewards clinicians for care coordination, beneficiary engagement and patient safety.

MIPS: Am I Exempt or Required to Report?

CMS recently released a Quality Payment Program eligibility tool that allows eligible clinicians (ECs) to use their National Provider Identifier to check whether they are exempt from MIPS. The website also notes that if ECs are included in MIPS, they may be exempt with the second review of eligibility determinations in late 2017.

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RESOURCES

Quality Reporting Office Hours Webinar

Join AQI for an open question and answer session for reporting via the NACOR QR or QCDR.

Reporting Through AQI: How to Get Your Data to AQI

Refer to the User Guide for detailed information about submitting data to AQI's NACOR.

On-demand webinars and related content

Navigating value-based payments is challenging. ASA can help with MACRA resources, on-demand webinars and practice management tools.

MACRA Readiness Checklist

Learn how you can prepare for changes in 2017 quality reporting and learn how to register for quality reporting through NACOR with the MACRA Readiness Checklist.