Just how much did the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) grow in 2016, and what does that growth mean for the AQI’s rapidly increasing number of participants?

The EPs who met the reporting requirements will avoid the 2 percent negative payment adjustment, applied in 2018. The remaining 4 percent potential Value-based Payment Modifier adjustment will be determined based upon how well EPs performed on their quality and cost measures compared to national benchmarks.

The remaining 3,908 EPs opted to report quality data via the Qualified Registry (QR). For 2016, the QR option was recommended for EPs who were able to report some measures but unable to meet the QCDR reporting requirements. ECs who were unable to report nine measures across three domains will undergo the CMS Measure-Applicability Validation (MAV) process later this year. CMS uses the MAV process to verify the EP submitted all applicable measures, and 2018 payment adjustments will...

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