ASA membership deadline approaching

ASA members participating in 2020 NACOR Reporting must complete their 2020 ASA membership renewal by the end of business on Thursday, October 1. Members who have not renewed their memberships by October 1 will be charged the NACOR non-member rates for 2020 reporting.

The deadline for providers to register for 2020 NACOR Reporting (Basic, Benchmarking or Quality) is Friday, October 30. For assistance with membership status, email AskAQI@asahq.org by end of business Monday, September 28.

2019 Targeted Review period deadline

MIPS eligible clinicians or groups who are reviewing 2019 MIPS performance feedback and believe there is a discrepancy in the 2019 report can request a targeted review by October 5, 2020. ECs and groups can request a targeted review by visiting the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website and logging in with HARP credentials. For more information about how to request a targeted review, review the Targeted Review User Guide.

FTP access - Inactive after 90 days

For security reasons, all FTP accounts (for those who upload data to NACOR) will be disabled if no activity occurs within a 90-day window. If you suspect your account has been disabled due to inactivity, submit a help desk ticket by emailing NACORSupport@asahq.org. FTP access has no impact on user access to the NACOR dashboard.

Review your NACOR dashboard

Remember to review your 2020 quality reports in the NACOR dashboard. For practices that have uploaded new data files, AQI encourages a member of the practice to review the NACOR dashboard, as it allows practices to monitor providers' performance, as well as pinpoint any problems with the data and make necessary corrections prior to data submission deadlines. For more information, email AskAQI@asahq.org.

Visit AQI virtually at ANESTHESIOLOGY(R) 2020

Have a question about NACOR or AQI? Talk with the AQI quality team virtually at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020. Staff members from the quality division will be available to discuss the NACOR, Closed Claims and AIRS registries, participating in the Intraoperative Hypotension improvement measure, as well as the latest with MACRA and the CMS proposed rule. The AQI team will be at the virtual booth October 2 - 5.

2020 Resources

NACOR News Library

Read past issues of AQI's NACOR News.

Office Hours FAQs

Question: Which NACOR reporting option(s) include national benchmarks?

NACOR Benchmarking, NACOR Quality Reporting and Quality Concierge all include national benchmarks. NACOR Basic is benchmarking at the local level only.

Question: Where do we apply for a HARP account?

HARP accounts can be obtained through the CMS enterprise portal. Visit the New User Application, then select PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System when asked to choose your application. HARP accounts are required to review your practice's final MIPS scores.

Question: Is it possible for all providers in a practice to be non-MIPS eligible and not required to submit data as individuals, but are eligible as a group?

Yes if the individual providers do not meet the MIPS participation criteria (billed $90,000 or less in Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries (including Railroad Retirement Board and Medicare secondary Payer) and have 200 or fewer Medicare Part B FFS beneficiaries) the practice can be MIPS eligible as a group if the group has billed $90,000 or more in PFS services furnished to Medicare Part B beneficiaries and have 200 or more Medicare Part B beneficiaries.