Join the AQI at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 for the Live Patient Safety Table Session - Save time in your San Diego schedule

Review of unusual patient care experiences is a cornerstone of medical education. Each month, the AQI-AIRS Steering Committee abstracts a patient history submitted to the Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (AIRS) and authors a discussion of the safety and human factors challenges involved. Real-life case histories often include multiple clinical decisions, only some of which can be discussed in the space available. Now is your opportunity to join the discussion with your colleagues.

Patient Safety Tables are an interactive seminar consisting of a series of short lectures with attendees working in small groups using predefined cases and exercises to develop both specific skills in incident analysis and competencies around implementation of incident analysis and risk reduction in their own institutions. Participation in this session awards you MOCA Part 2 credit hours.

Through discussion with your colleagues, you can acquire strategies that optimize patient care, decrease burnout, reduce medical errors, and improve a culture of safety.

This session will take place Sunday, October 10, 2:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Review your NACOR dashboard

Practices that have recently uploaded new data files should 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.

Data completeness requirements for the 2021 MIPS Performance Period are:

  • Submit 12 months of data (January – December 2021).
  • Report a minimum of six measures with at least one outcome or high priority measure.
  • Measure must meet the 20-case minimum to be scored.
  • Reporting rate must be at least 70% of all eligible cases across all payers for each measure reported.

Note: The minimum point threshold to avoid a negative payment adjustment has increased from 45 to 60 points for the 2021 performance year. It is important to check the measure performance rates for your practice to make sure the measures reported will earn the maximum points allowed for the Quality Component.

As a reminder, section 8 of the Addendum for Quality Reporting to the NACOR Participation Agreement states that your practice "and each EC agree, and Participant shall require each EC, to review his/her measure results in AQI at least four times a year and provide timely feedback to AQI on the measures that will be reported on the EC's behalf."

If there are questions about the dashboard results, submit a ticket to nacorsupport@asahq.org.

Final registration deadline October 1

The deadline to register for 2021 NACOR reporting (Quality, Benchmarking, or Basic) and to renew 2021 ASA memberships is Friday, October 1. Practices who have not registered should complete a 2021 order form.

Quality Concierge practices do not need to complete a form.

Questions? Email askaqi@asahq.org.

September Office Hour recording

The September office hour recording will be posted on the AQI website the week of September 20. This month’s topics include registration deadline reminders, data upload reminders, improvement activities, FTP access, and provider consents.

If you have any questions or suggestions for topics you would like us to discuss in future recordings, email askaqi@asahq.org.