2017 NACOR Quality Reporting Deadlines

12/15/2017  Enrollment in Merging and/or Formatting Services 
1/31/2018 January – November 2017 Data Submission 
02/01/2018 Fully Executed Participation Agreement for 2017 Pick Your Pace Limited Service (i.e., NACOR Quality Concierge 90-day or 1 measure/1 case option, determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the complexity of the practice)  
2/15/2018
All Data Submissions;
In NACOR dashboard:
   CMS opt-out
   TIN/NPI reconciliation
   Improvement Activity Attestation  
 2/28/2018  Individual quality reporting consent submission 
 03/16/2018  If a practice does not pay its final invoice in full by this date, the practice’s data may not be submitted to CMS. 

Keeping provider lists up to date

It is important for practices to routinely update their provider lists in the NACOR Dashboard. AQI’s NACOR uses the list as the record of truth for CMS data submission, as well as Provider Reconciliation/Invoicing. Your practice should make sure the following are correct:

  • TIN
  • Provider NPI
  • Report to CMS Status

This step-by-step guide will walk you through the updating process. Providers who have retired or left your practice should be marked as “disabled” and “No” in the Report to CMS field. The deadline for updating the provider list is February 15.

Consent forms required for 2017 individual quality reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires AQI’s NACOR to collect consent forms from each Eligible Clinician who is enrolled in individual quality reporting for 2017. Practice champions and additional contacts of practices enrolled in individual reporting should expect to receive communication from AQI next week regarding the consent collection process. Log into your NACOR Dashboard to determine your quality reporting option.

Quality reporting reconciliation begins

As noted in the NACOR Standard Quality Reporting order form you completed at enrollment, AQI will soon begin reconciling purchased Eligible Clinician (EC) counts against actual data submitted. AQI will begin sending invoices where applicable in January, and all payments must be received by March 16, 2018.

 

For example, if a practice ordered quality reporting services for 10 CRNAs, but submitted data for 12 CRNAs, AQI will invoice for two additional CRNAs. If AQI does not receive payment for the two additional CRNAs by March 16, 2018, the additional CRNAs’ data will not be submitted to CMS.

Attesting to Improvement Activities via NACOR

Clinicians can attest to 2017 Improvement Activities using the provider list in the NACOR Dashboard. In this step-by-step tutorial, clinicians learn how to select the Improvement Activity to which they will attest through either the individual or group reporting option.

RESOURCES

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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