Final registration deadline October 31

The deadline for providers to register in 2019 NACOR Basic, NACOR Benchmarking or NACOR Quality Reporting is Thursday, October 31. Learn more about NACOR Quality Reporting offerings.

CMS hosts MIPS Eligible Measures Applicability Process webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on the Eligible Measures Applicability (EMA) process for 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting. The webinar, 2019 MIPS Eligible Measures Applicability Process Webinar, is scheduled at 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, October 16, and will cover the following:

• Provide an overview of the two-step EMA process, including eligible collection types
• Discuss EMA's impact on the Quality performance category calculation and score
• Demonstrate the EMA programming processes

Review your NACOR dashboard

Remember to review your 2019 quality reports in the new NACOR dashboard. For practices that have uploaded a new data file, AQI encourages a member of your practice to review the NACOR dashboard as it allows you to monitor your providers' performance, as well as pinpoint any problems with the data and make necessary corrections prior to data submission deadlines. For more information, email

Quality Office Hours at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019

Join clinical experts from the ASA's Committee on Performance and Outcomes Measurement, along with ASA staff at the Quality Booth in the ASA Resource Center at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 to discuss all things quality, measurement, data, and more! Quality office hours will take place from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, and 12 - 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 20. Join ASA to share your thoughts on ASA's progress on quality improvement, performance measurement.


2019 Resources

2019 NACOR registration

2019 Policies and Procedures

2019 Individual Quality Reporting consent form

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.