Quality & Regulatory Affairs  |   July 2014
QCDR Option Becomes a Reality for Anesthesiologists
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Quality & Regulatory Affairs   |   July 2014
QCDR Option Becomes a Reality for Anesthesiologists
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 52-55.
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 52-55.
In just one day, anesthesiologists who once were limited to reporting three measures to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) gained the ability to submit data on more than a dozen other anesthesia-related measures through the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) option. On April 29, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) certified the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) as a QCDR. This action will transform how physician anesthesiologists participate in PQRS and how measures that impact patients, physician anesthesiologists and other providers are developed, tested and ultimately used to improve patient care.
CMS introduced QCDR as a new reporting option for calendar year 2014. Part of the reasoning behind this option lay in CMS allowing specialty societies space to develop meaningful measures that reflect profession-specific priorities and instances of care. The QCDR reporting option is unique because it allows registries such as NACOR to report on measures already part of the PQRS program as well as specialty-based, registry-developed measures. For instance, physician anesthesiologists may continue to use NACOR to report on PQRS-endorsed measures such as Central Venous Catheter Insertion Protocol (#76) and Perioperative Temperature Management (#193). But now, physician anesthesiologists and other EPs have the additional option to use the QCDR to report on a variety of other measures that include the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting as well as Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Reintubation Rates. Although CMS encourages that measures be endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF), NQF-endorsement is not required.
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