2017 MIPS Measure Specifications Approved

CMS finalized the Anesthesiology Specialty-Specific Measure Set for physician anesthesiologists for performance year 2017:

MIPS #44: CABG: Preoperative Beta-Blocker in Patients with Isolated CABG Surgery
MIPS #76: Prevention of CVC-Related Bloodstream Infections*
MIPS #130: Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record
MIPS #317: Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for High Blood Pressure and Follow-Up Documented
MIPS #404: Anesthesiology Smoking Abstinence*
MIPS #424: Perioperative Temperature Management*
MIPS #426: Post-Anesthetic Transfer of Care Measure: Procedure Room to PACU*
MIPS #427: Post-Anesthetic Transfer of Care Measure: Procedure Room to ICU*
MIPS #430: Prevention of PONV - Combination Therapy*
* designates a proposed "high priority measure"

The measure specifications can be found on the CMS Quality Payment Program Website.

Additional information on the Quality Component of MIPS can be found on the ASA Website under ASA MACRA resources.

2017 MACRA MIPS Information

Quality Reporting for MACRA in 2017

Physician anesthesiologists and their practices looking at reporting solutions for 2017 will continue to find the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) well positioned to meet their needs. Later this year, AQI NACOR will submit a self-nomination to continue designation as a Qualified Registry (QR) and a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for practices participating in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program in 2017.

What solutions does AQI expect to offer?

  • Individual and NEW for 2017 Group Practice Reporting Options
  • Quality measure submission for more than 20 MIPS measures
  • Quality measure submission for anesthesia-specific, non-MIPS QCDR measures (approval in January 2017)
  • Attestation support for Improvement Activities category

What can I do now to help prepare?

  • Learn more about MACRA by visiting the CMS Quality Payment Program webpage
  • Watch for correspondence from CMS if you are a patient-facing clinician in December 2016
  • Begin to consider the various reporting options (QR or QCDR, individual or group) and what method works best for your practice)
  • Review the available MIPS measures for 2017 and begin collecting data on those measures starting January 1, 2017
  • Ensure that your file submissions will meet AQI’s 2017 XML format. Watch the AQI website and listservs for more information and highlights of changes.

ASA and AQI MACRA-related websites are expected to be updated in the next few weeks. Please familiarize yourself with MACRA and reporting requirements by visiting the MACRA Quality Payment Program website. For regulatory questions, please contact Quality and Regulatory Affairs at qra@asahq.org. For other questions, contact askaqi@asahq.org.

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Reporting Through AQI: How to Get Your Data to AQI

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