Committees  |   September 2015
Navigating PQRS Reporting Through the ASA QCDR
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Quality Improvement / Committees
Committees   |   September 2015
Navigating PQRS Reporting Through the ASA QCDR
ASA Monitor 09 2015, Vol.79, 62-63.
ASA Monitor 09 2015, Vol.79, 62-63.
In just over a year, ASA’s Department of Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA) and the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) have engaged physician anesthesiologists and their staffs on Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements associated with the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) option. Members and QCDR participants have been provided with assistance on measure selection, data collection and data submission. We continue to review member measurement needs and respond to a wide variety of inquiries. Our experience with members continues to help us prepare for the quality reporting year ahead.
Federal legislation created the QCDR reporting option in late 2012 (for use in calendar year 2014), and the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) earlier this year further strengthens the position of QCDRs in measuring health care quality well into the future. Seeing this as an opportunity to develop a pathway for physician anesthesiologists to satisfactorily participate in PQRS, the AQI National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) applied for and received approval as a QCDR from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2014. The ASA QCDR was the first anesthesia QCDR approved by the agency.
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