NACOR Dashboard Unlocked
April 12, 2019

NACOR Dashboard Unlocked

The NACOR dashboard was unlocked on April 8. Practices may now edit their practice and provider lists. AQI recommends that practices review and update their provider lists prior to AQI's data warehouse transition July 1. Providers who have retired or left your practice prior to January 1, 2019 should have their status set to "removed" on the provider list. Setting providers to "remove" will not impact historical data.

The following reports were updated for 2019:

  • NACOR Basic Reports
  • Data Completeness Reports

The 2019 MIPS, QCDR and Internal Improvement measures will not be available for review in the dashboard until the transition July 1. Practices can review the practice level data completeness report to confirm billing and measure/quality codes have been submitted for 2019.

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2019 Changes to reporting deadlines

Effective in 2019 AQI will have two deadlines for MIPS reporting: January 31, 2020 and February 14, 2020. The following tasks will be due January 31:

  • Submission of January-November 2019 data
  • Improvement Activity attestation
  • Electronic consent forms for practices reporting as individuals
  • TIN/NPI reconciliation of the provider lists

Data for December 2019 and any corrected files must be submitted by February 14, 2020. Practices are encouraged to upload data files prior to the deadline to allow time for review and to submit corrected files if any errors are identified.

Register for 2019 NACOR Reporting

Quality reporting practices can now begin the enrollment process for 2019 NACOR Quality Reporting by completing the new online order form.

AQI's NACOR quality reporting options include the following new offerings in 2019 to ensure that NACOR remains the leader in anesthesia - Quality Concierge, NACOR Quality Reporting and NACOR Benchmarking. NACOR Basic does not include quality reporting.

To better address individual and practice needs, AQI will add enhanced dashboards for better analysis, opportunities to view benchmarked data, and the chance for eligible physicians to earn MOCA Part IV credit for reviewing data for AQI Measure 59: Multimodal.

These new products and services will result in a change in the NACOR pricing structure for 2019. ASA members and NACOR participants will see a fee adjustment in 2019 for NACOR Benchmarking and NACOR Quality Reporting. NACOR Basic remains a complimentary member benefit and pricing for NACOR Quality Concierge is unchanged in 2019.

2019 Internal Improvement Measures released

AQI recently released Internal Improvement Measures for reporting to the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The collection of 22 measures is intended for internal improvement purposes only and are optional for practices to report.

Reporting these measures may aid a practice in benchmarking their performance, demonstrating their value and quality care to payers and facility administrations, or as part of practice and quality improvement initiatives. CMS has not recognized and will not accept these measures as part of an anesthesiologist's or practice's participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), or as part of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). AQI will not send data gathered on these measures to CMS.

Check out AQI's April Office Hours presentation

Did you miss AQI's April Office Hours presentation? You can still learn the latest in AQI's presentation about 2018 MIPS scores, the NACOR dashboard and the importance of reviewing provider lists. AQI will host its next Office Hours at 11 a.m. Central, Tuesday, May 14.

Take guesswork out of quality measures

In AQI's podcast, Senior Quality Program Manager Toni Kaye shared her tips and strategies for practices when selecting measures and establishing MIPS goals. Listen to the podcast, "Selecting Measures for Quality Reporting," to get a better understanding of which quality measures you or your group should report to MIPS.

2019 Reporting Deadlines

NACOR Registration: October 31, 2019

January through November 2018 data submission: January 31, 2020

All data submissions: February 14, 2020

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