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ASA provides two options for quality reporting in 2016, both of which can help you, as an Eligible Professional (EP), meet requirements for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program.

Both the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and Qualified Registry (QR) employ the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The QCDR and Qualified Reporting mechanisms are both valid options for reporting PQRS in 2016. It is mandatory to be a NACOR participant prior to registering for ASA Quality Reporting. 

QCDR – QCDR offers a comprehensive reporting option to EPs seeking to report on both PQRS and non-PQRS QCDR measures. At this time, ASA offers 26 PQRS and seven non-PQRS QCDR measures to report for 2016.

QR – A new ASA option in 2016, QR participants are limited to reporting on PQRS measures. There are 26 PQRS measures participants can choose from in 2016 via the ASA Qualified Registry.


  • Registration for ASA Quality Reporting – Oct. 31, 2016
  • 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.