Quality-Reimbursement Announcements

2/7/2017 | CMS extends deadline for 2016 PQRS EHR submissions

CMS is extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for EHR reporting. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) can submit 2016 EHR data until March 13, 2017. The original deadline was February 28, 2017. For complete information use this link. The new deadlines are: 

  • March 13, 2017
    • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) - January 3, 2017 to March 13, 2017
    • Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) - January 3, 2017 to March 13, 2017
  • March 17, 2017
    • Web Interface - January 16, 2017 to March 17, 2017
  • March 31, 2017
    • Qualified Registries (Registry XML) - January 3, 2017 to March 31, 2017
    • QCDRs (QCDR XML) - January 3, 2017 to March 31, 2017.

2/7/2017 | PQRSwizard Reporting Deadline

February 7, 2017 - For those CRNAs that are using PQRSwizard for their 2016 PQRS reporting, they will be extending their data submission deadlines from February 28th to March 10th at 5:00 pm EST. There are a variety of February webcasts  that will walk you through the PQRSwizard upload and validation process. Please visit the PQRSwizard Video Library for more information. If you have specific questions about data reporting or measures found in PQRSwizard please call 1-877-509-7774

12/29/2016 | MIPS Measure Specifications Released

December 29, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final specifications for the 2017 MIPS measures on December 29, 2016. To view the measure specifications please visit CMS’ Quality Payment Program website under Education and Tools These measure specifications can only be used for claims or qualified registry reporting only.  

11/15/2016 | CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs-Free Webinar

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, November 15, at 12:00 pm CST. Donna Slosburg, RN, BSN, LHRM, CASC, executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, and Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR, director of education and clinical affairs for ASCA, will review which quality measures you need to report in 2017 and how you can meet all of the reporting requirements. Nursing contact hours and AEU credit are available. Visit ASCA's website to access the recording.

9/19/2016 | Transforming Clinical Practice Continuing Medical Education Module Available

A new Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE) module is now available for the health care provider community as part of CMS’ ongoing education and outreach efforts to inform providers about the latest initiatives of the Affordable Care Act.
Release/Duration: Posted on 9/19/2016. Expires on 9/19/2017.
Website Location: Available on Medscape and CMS websites.

4/21/2017 | CMS MLN Connects Call - 2016 PQRS Reporting: Avoiding 2018 Negative Payment Adjustments Call

On April 21, 2016, CMS hosted a live educational call, which provided an overview of the 2016 PQRS and related resources and covered guidance and instructions on how individual eligible professionals and PQRS group practices can get started, satisfactorily report/participate, and avoid the 2018 PQRS negative payment adjustment. The presentation slides are available through the CMS website. 

4/16/2016 | 2016 PQRS Essentials for CRNAs - Archived Webinar

This live webinar took place on April 14, 2016. Visit MyAANA Quality Resources for the presentation slides and video recording (login required).

Quality Payment Program CY 2018 Final Rule

On November 4, 2017, CMS released the CY 2018 Final Rule outlining changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program.  Along with the Final Rule, CMS released an Overview Fact Sheet and Executive Summary highlighting the finalized policies.  The AANA Research and Quality Division is diligently working to inform AANA members about pertinent changes that are applicable to CRNAs.  For questions about the 2018 MIPS please call the AANA Quality and Reimbursement staff at 847 655 1199 or email research@aana.com .