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How Data Registries Can Help Your Radiology Practice

July 6, 2018 -- Participation in radiology data registries can help your practice measure performance, identify opportunities for improvement, and meet quality reporting requirements. Data registries provide you with a national benchmark of best practices for an array of radiology procedures and care processes.

As a quality improvement initiative, registry participation allows you to track your performance against specific quality measures over time and measure your progress against your goals. Equally important, registry participation can help you demonstrate your quality to patients and referring physicians alike.

Benchmark Against Best Practices

Registry participants receive access to feedback on objective measures regarding the quality of facility processes and outcomes in comparison to similar facilities nationwide. Regular benchmarking reports allow facilities to assess their performance at the facility, group, and physician levels.

By evaluating yourself against your peers -- whether locally, regionally, or nationally -- you can identify opportunities to improve your quality of patient care, measure your progress, and enhance your strengths.

How It Works

There are a variety of registries available from the American College of Radiology (ACR), and they vary in the types of data they hold. Practices contribute a standardized set of information based on each database's requirements -- whether it's radiation dose, turnaround time, screening mammography audit information, or other data.

The registry then aggregates the data and provides comparative feedback based on participating facilities and practices around the country. The benchmarking information enables quality and practice leaders to make data-driven decisions to improve their practices and optimize patient care.

Here's how it works:

  • Facility and physicians submit data

  • Facility receives periodic national benchmarking reports

  • Facility analyzes results

  • Facility develops and implements improvement plant

Use Registries For Quality Reporting

In recent years, satisfactory participation in a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) has allowed eligible professionals to meet new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting requirements and optimize reimbursement. The ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR), now in its tenth year, has been approved as a QCDR by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2014.

Under CMS regulations, eligible clinicians can meet Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting requirements by participating in a QCDr. By using a QCDR to report on the required number of MIPS measures, physicians and group practices can potentially obtain a positive adjustment and also avoid negative payment adjustments, which can result from nonreporting or underreporting.

Radiologists and groups can use QCDR measures to fulfill reporting requirements for the MIPS Quality Performance (QP) category as well as reporting data for the Advancing Care Information (ACI) and Improvement Activities (IA) categories. The QP category includes several types of measures to gauge clinician performance:

  • Process Measures: What doctors and other clinicians do to maintain or improve health

  • Outcome Measure: How a healthcare service or intervention influences the health status of patients