Quality reporting reconciliation process underway

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) is reconciling purchased Eligible Clinician (EC) counts against actual data submitted. All payments must be received by March 16, 2020.

A few reminders regarding reconciliation fees:

• Final Payment: ASA will reconcile the number of ECs paid for in your initial payment against actual data submitted by the practice and generate a final reconciliation invoice for any additional providers, if applicable. All payments must be received by March 16, 2020. Refunds will not be issued. Example: If a practice ordered NACOR Quality Reporting services for 10 CRNAs but submitted data for 12 CRNAs, ASA will invoice for the two additional CRNAs. If ASA does not receive payment for the two additional CRNAs by March 16, 2020, the additional CRNAs' data may not be submitted to CMS.

• Submission to CMS: NACOR administrative costs are incurred during the data reporting year for each clinician, M.D., CRNA, etc., in the data files that are processed; the final invoice will be based on this head count. Final payment of invoices is required even if data is not submitted to CMS, as this is a NACOR administrative fee, not a CMS fee.

If you have any additional questions, email askaqi@asahq.org

NACOR dashboard locked down

AQI has locked the provider list tool in the NACOR dashboard. Clinicians are unable to make any changes to the provider list. The provider lists will be unlocked on Monday, April 6, for 2020 MIPS reporting. For more information, email AskAQI@asahq.org.

2020 QCDR measure specifications book available

CMS has approved AQI's QCDR measures for 2020. The 2020 QCDR Measure Specifications book includes:

• A list of measures CMS removed

• A list of changes to measure specifications from 2019 to 2020

No new measures were added to the QCDR for 2020. If you have any questions, email qra@asahq.org.

2020 Resources

2019 Resources

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

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Office Hours FAQs

Question: Which NACOR reporting option(s) include national benchmarks?

NACOR Benchmarking, NACOR Quality Reporting and Quality Concierge all include national benchmarks. NACOR Basic is benchmarking at the local level only.

Question: Where do we apply for a HARP account?

HARP accounts can be obtained through the CMS enterprise portal. Visit the New User Application, then select PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System when asked to choose your application. HARP accounts are required to review your practice's final MIPS scores.

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 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.