NACOR approved as QR and QCDR for 2020 MIPS reporting
January 3, 2020

NACOR approved as QR and QCDR for 2020 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 sixth 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 2020 QCDR measure specifications

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, please email

AQI Quality Reporting Office Hours January 14

AQI's regularly scheduled Quality Reporting Office Hours are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 14. The agenda includes an overview of the 2020 MIPS and QCDR measures and review of the 2019 MIPS reporting deadlines.

AQI Vendor Webinar January 16

AQI will hold a vendor webinar on Thursday, January 16 at 1:30 PM CST. Agenda items include the following:

  • 2019 MIPS Reporting deadlines
  • Submitting Replace Files
  • Data Deletion Requests
  • 2020 XML Schema changes
  • 2020 MIPS Program Changes
  • 2020 QCDR Measures

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First MIPS Reporting Deadline January 31

The first 2019 MIPS reporting deadline is January 31, 2020. The following items are due to NACOR on this date:

  • Data from January through November 2019. 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.
  • Attesting to 2019 Improvement Activities (including date ranges that the activities were performed)
  • Reconciliation of provider lists ensuring all NPIs are assigned the proper provider type (MD-Anesthesia, CRNA, DO, AA, SRNA, Resident, etc.)
  • CMS Opt-Out for providers who are reporting as individuals
  • Provider consents for clinicians reporting as individuals

Email with any questions.

2019 Reporting Deadlines

NACOR Registration: October 31, 2019

January through November 2019 data submission: January 31, 2020

Individual Quality Reporting Consent Submission: January 31, 2020

Improvement Activity Attestation: January 31, 2020

CMS Opt-Out for Individual Reporting: January 31, 2020

TIN/NPI Reconciliation: January 31, 2020

All data submissions: February 14, 2020

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