AQI data warehouse transition July 1

As we approach the transition to AQI's new data warehouse Monday, July 1, we want to share a few key topics to help you prepare for the transition.

  • The last day to make changes to the practice, provider and facility lists in the current dashboard is June 21. The dashboard will be locked June 22; however, reports will be still accessible.
  • Current NACOR dashboard User Accounts will be imported to the new dashboard. Users will receive an email July 1 to reset their passwords to gain access to the new dashboard.
  • Starting July 1 help desk tickets should be sent to NACORSupport@asahq.org.
  • Practices and vendors can continue to upload data files to https://nacor.ePreop.com.
  • No changes to the data validation email. Data submitters will continue to receive data validation email as normal.
  • July 1 changes to the practice, provider, and facility lists will resume in the new dashboard.

For more information, email AskAQI@asahq.org.

2019 XML schema changes required July 1

AQI requires all data submissions use the 2019 NACOR XML Schema version by July 1, 2019 after which the 2018 XML version will not be accepted. The 2019 XML updates:

  • Updated "Copyright (C) 2018" to "Copyright (C) 2019"
  • Removed AQIXMLVersionType enumeration "2018V1.0" added AQIXMLVersionType enumeration "2019V1.0"
  • Removed AQIXMLVersionType enumeration "2018V1.0R" added AQIXMLVersionType enumeration "2019V1.0R"
  • Added ProviderCredentialsCodeType enumeration "Dentist Anesthesiologist"
  • Added ProviderCredentialsCodeType enumeration "Dentist Anesthesiologist Resident"
  • Extended OutcomeIDType maxInclusive value to 103
    • 102 = Injury related to sensory or motor deficit after local or regional anesthesia
    • 103 = Unplanned electric shock

The updated 2019 schema information and an XML validation are posted on the AQI website. For more information email AskAQI@asahq.org.

New 2019 membership deadlines

Final payment for AQI services is determined by 2019 ASA membership status. The following deadlines are in place:

  • October 1 - Deadline for new membership invoices for 2019; practices must supply list of non-members becoming members to ASA membership.
  • October 25 - Last day for 2019 dues payment processing.
  • October 31 - NACOR registration deadline. Non-members would pay non-member pricing.

For more information email AskAQI@asahq.org.

RESOURCES

2019 Resources

2019 NACOR registration

2019 NACOR pricing (PDF)

2019 QCDR Measure Specifications (PDF)

2019 Recommended Improvement Activities

NACOR Data Definitions

NACOR News Library

Read past issues of AQI's NACOR News.

Office Hours FAQs

Question: If a provider has left the practice half way through the year - does the practice need to report the provider's cases?

If the practice is reporting as a group and the provider performed cases in 2018, the practice needs to be reporting 60% of all eligible cases for that provider regardless if they are still at the practice or not as CMS is evaluating the data at the TIN level not the individual NPI. If the practice is individually reporting, the data will follow the provider's NPI.

Question: In regards to the reporting year on the AQI website it state to submit 60% of eligible cases and we understand it is not pick your pace but does this mean 60% of 2018 cases? Can you elaborate?

The 2018 MIPS reporting requirement is to report on 60% of the denominator eligible cases for 6 measures including 1 outcome measure for the 12 month reporting period (1/1/2018 - 12/31/18). For example, If your practice is reporting MIPS 76 - Prevention of Central Venous Catheter (CVC - Related Bloodstream Infections and places 75 central lines during 2018 your practice would need to report on 45 cases which is 60% of the eligible cases.

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 2018 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.