CMS audit requests
August 30, 2019

CMS audit requests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Guidehouse to conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians. MIPS eligible clinicians and groups are required by regulation to comply with data sharing requests, providing all data as requested by CMS.

If selected for data validation and/or audit, you will receive a request for information from Guidehouse sent via email or by certified mail. Please be on the lookout for this notification. You will have 45 days from the date of the notice to provide the requested information. If your practice receives a request and wants AQI to assist with data submission, email as soon as possible.

If your practice does not provide the requested information, CMS may take further action, including the possibility that you will be selected for future audits.

Quality Reporting Office Hours - September 10

AQI's next Office Hours session is scheduled at 11 a.m. Central, Tuesday, September 10. AQI and ASA staff members will discuss NACOR Dashboard enhancements and CMS audits. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

2018 MIPS Targeted Review deadline September 30

Eligible clinicians (ECs) and groups who believe an error was made in their 2018 MIPS scores may request a targeted review by CMS. The deadline to submit for a targeted review is September 30, and CMS may request practices submit additional documentation to support their appeal.

ECs and groups can request a targeted review by visiting the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website and logging in with HARP credentials. For more information about how to request a targeted review, review the 2018 Targeted Review Fact Sheet (PDF) and the 2018 Targeted Review FAQs (PDF).

2019 registration deadlines approaching

ASA members who will be participating in 2019 NACOR Quality Reporting must complete their 2019 ASA membership renewal by the end of business on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Members who have not renewed their memberships by October 1 will be charged the NACOR non-member rates for 2019 quality reporting.

Attend the Anesthesia Quality Meeting™

Learn how to manage and improve the quality of your practice and your performance in quality measurement programs by attending the Anesthesia Quality Meeting at ASA headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, on November 16-17. An optional pre-conference workshop on quality reporting is scheduled on Friday, November 15. Register today.


Have a question about NACOR or AQI? Meet your partners in quality reporting at the AQI Booth in the ASA Resource Center at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 in Orlando. The AQI team will be at the booth October 19 - 21.

2019 Reporting Deadlines

NACOR Registration: October 31, 2019

January through November 2019 data submission: January 31, 2020

All data submissions: February 14, 2020

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