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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. Later this year, AQI NACOR will submit a self-nomination to continue 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?

  • Individual and NEW for 2017 Group Practice Reporting Options
  • 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 December 2016
  • 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. For regulatory questions, please contact Quality and Regulatory Affairs at qra@asahq.org. For other questions, contact askaqi@asahq.org


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

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 more than nine measures that span at least three National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains
  • Have identified at least two outcome measures to report

Read about the benefits of QCDR.


  • Are able to submit data on Medicare Part B FFS patients only
  • Have identified at least nine PQRS measures that span at least three NQS domains
  • Have identified one cross-cutting measure to report, if applicable

Read about the benefits of QR.

Learn more about the measures for both options.

Learn more about the QCDR and QR and what option works best for you and your practice.



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.