I have a great idea for a quality measure. Where can I send it?
Quality measurement is an increasingly important component of federal payment programs such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The ASA continues to refresh and expand its portfolio of anesthesia-related quality measures for use in both federal payment programs and local quality improvement initiatives. As part of this process, the ASA conducts an annual open call for measure concepts, where members can submit proposals for new quality measures to be developed by the ASA and included in the Anesthesia Quality Institute National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (AQI NACOR).
The open call for concepts is an opportunity for members to share feedback with the ASA on which metrics are the most meaningful for improving care locally within their practice. This is also an opportunity for members to inform ASA on which key topics within anesthesia care are of highest priority to them, including those practicing in specific subspecialties or care settings with few measures to report.
The call for measure concepts typically occurs in the first quarter of the year. During that time, all members are encouraged to submit a proposed measure concept on the ASA website. Submitted concepts are then reviewed and prioritized by the ASA’s Committee on Performance and Outcome Measurement (CPOM). Concepts that have been prioritized for development will then be made available for member and public comment in the summer. In lieu of an open call for concepts period, measure concept ideas can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion for review in the next year’s cycle of measure development.
FAQRAs are created by ASA’s Department of Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA). These short articles address informative and relevant topics related to quality in anesthesia practice. For additional questions or information, please contact QRA at (202) 289-2222 or via email email@example.com.