2017 NACOR Quality Reporting Deadlines

12/15/2017  Enrollment in Merging and/or Formatting Services 
1/31/2018 January – November 2017 Data Submission 
2/1/2018 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)  
All Data Submissions;
In NACOR dashboard:
   CMS opt-out
   TIN/NPI reconciliation
   Improvement Activity Attestation  
 2/28/2018  Individual quality reporting consent submission 
 3/16/2018  If a practice does not pay its final invoice in full by this date, the practice’s data may not be submitted to CMS. 

NACOR approved as QR and QCDR for 2018 MIPS reporting

AQI’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) was recently approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), as well as a Qualified Registry (QR), by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the fifth year that NACOR has been approved as a QCDR by CMS, which allows physician anesthesiologists, qualified anesthesia providers and other clinicians to report on quality measures that reflect their practices.

AQI posts 2018 QCDR measure specifications

AQI has unveiled the 2018 QCDR Measure Specifications booklet. The booklet includes new QCDR measures for 2018 reporting, changes that were made to AQI’s NACOR 2017 measure specifications in preparation for the 2018 performance year, as well as measures that were removed from the 2018 AQI’s NACOR measure set.

2018 MIPS and QCDR measures on AQI Virtual Office Hours agenda

AQI’s regularly scheduled Quality Reporting Virtual Office Hours are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 16. The agenda includes an overview on 2018 MIPS and QCDR measures.

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.


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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