2017 NACOR Quality Reporting Deadlines

12/15/17  Enrollment in merging and/or formatting assistance 
1/31/18 January through November 2017 data submission 
2/15/18 Enrollment in NACOR Quality Concierge 90-day or 1 measure/1 case option;
December 2017 data submission
In NACOR dashboard:
   CMS opt-out
   TIN/NPI reconciliation
   Improvement Activity Attestation  
 2/28/18  Individual quality reporting consent submission 

Final deadline for merging or formatting assistance - December 15

All NACOR participants with data from multiple sources must submit data files merged and in XML format to AQI’s data submission portal. Services are available for a fee for practices that need merging and formatting assistance. Email askaqi@asahq.org by Friday, December 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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