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Are you MACRA Ready? Explore Quality Reporting Options for MACRA in 2017

Physician anesthesiologists and their practices looking at reporting solutions for 2017 will continue to find the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) well positioned to meet their needs. AQI NACOR submitted a self-nomination to continue its 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 are being offered?

  • Reporting Options: Individual and NEW for 2017 Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)
  • Quality measure submission for more than 20 MIPS measures 
  • Quality measure submission for anesthesia-specific, non-MIPS QCDR measures
  • 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 March 2017
  • 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.

Need help operationalizing your data collection and submission?  Explore the Quality Concierge or review AQI vendors.  

Please familiarize yourself with MACRA Quality Payment Program requirements as published on the CMS webpage as well as materials published on the ASA MACRA website. For regulatory questions, please contact Quality and Regulatory Affairs at For other questions, contact

2016 Deadlines

  • Submission of January 2016-November 2016 Data – Jan. 31, 2017
  • Submission of  December 2016 data – Feb. 15, 2017

 2017 Deadlines

  • Coming soon!

QCDR vs. QR - Which option is right for you?

ASA offers two quality reporting options for 2016 to help you fulfill the requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program.  To decide which ASA Quality Reporting option is best for you, consider the following:


  • Are able to submit data on all of your patients regardless of payer (Medicare and non-Medicare)
  • Have a mechanism in place to collect outcomes data (for example, quality capture program, postanesthesia care unit data)
  • Have identified six measures with one Outcome Measure

Read about the benefits of QCDR.


  • Are able to submit data on all payers (Medicare and Non-Medicare)
  • Have identified at least six MIPS measures to report

Read about the benefits of QR.

2017 MIPS Reporting: Qualified Registry versus Qualified Clinical Data Registry

  Qualified Registry (QR) Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)
Selection of Measures to Report Applicable MIPS Measure

* See the CMS Anesthesiology Specialty Measure Set

Available MIPS and non-MIPS QCDR measures
Report one Outcome Measure Yes Yes
Report on 50% of the eligible cases for all payers (Medicare and non-Medicare) Yes Yes
Measure Compliance Reports available for viewing Yes Yes
Data submitted to CMS may be posted on Physician Compare Yes Yes



Participation in the ASA® Quality Reporting Service does not guarantee satisfactory participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. Successful submission to CMS is contingent upon each individual eligible provider (EP) and/or practice meeting the PQRS program requirements and the timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data they provide for reporting. 

The information provided is not to be construed as practice management or legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented at the time of posting, but AQI and ASA do not warrant or guarantee that the information presented is exhaustive or error-free. AQI and ASA further disclaim all liability for loss or damage incurred by third parties arising from the use of the information. Please consult your legal advisor or other qualified professional for guidance and information specific to your situation.