First Urology Registry to Provide Insights into the Specialty

9 months ago, Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 00:38:06
American Urological Association (AUA) Quality Registry (AQUA) has acquired status as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry. This is an initial step toward the development of a roadmap for Maintenance of Certification credit. AQUA now collects detailed national process and outcomes data circling around urologic diseases. Software development company FIGmd is said to have partnered with AQUA to produce a program that can automate the process of figuring out data directly from the electronic medical record (EMR) to minimize the data entry burden. This move towards specialty-specific data registries has been empowered by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). This act mandates that all physicians be enrolled in 1 of 2 quality-reporting systems by 2019, namely the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or an alternative payment model. A trend has been observed with majority of specialties migrating toward the MIPS option, which supports a fee-for-service model. Key components of choosing this model include quality reporting (ie. PQRS); a value-based payment modifier; an EHR incentive program and clinical practice improvement. The registry has a menu of more than 30 measures. Practices choose nine measure on which they want to report for the purposes of PQRS reporting or six measures for future MIPS reporting.


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