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Infographic: 5 Reasons to Consider a Qualified Clinical Data

by | Aug 11, 2022

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What is QCDR? 

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) is a CMS- approved vendor that is in the business of improving health care quality by collecting clinical data on behalf of clinicians for data submission. Typically, a QCDR is established by a specialty society, large health system, or software vendor. Unlike a traditional Clinical Data Registry, a QCDR can develop its own quality measures for CMS approval. Let’s explore five5 reasons to utilize a QCDR for MIPS reporting: 

1. QCDR’s Have Specialty- Specific Measures 

Because QCDR’s can generated from specialty societies and have the ability to develop and propose new measures to CMS for approval, they are typically aimed at a specific patient population, that most existing quality measures do not encompass. Therefore, specialists can collect information and report on quality measures that are meaningful to their practices. 

2. Receive Meaningful, Real-time Feedback 

QCDR’s are required to provide quarterly reports to their clinicians, which allows them to identify and close gaps in care that are pertinent and meaningful to their patient population. Although the minimum requirement is quarterly, some QCDR’s also have the capability to run real-time, daily reports, allowing you to immediately take action for improvement if necessary. 

3. Capability to Report All MIPS Categories 

Most QCDR’s have the capability to report across all MIPS categories, including quality, Improvement Activities, and Promoting Interoperability, allowing the QCDR to be a one- stop shop for MIPS reporting. This gives you, the clinician, an option to aggregate multiple types of data ranging from claims to information from your EHR, and other systems. 

4. QCDR’s Can Be Utilized Outside of MIPS 

QCDR’s also can help collect and organize data beyond MIPS.  The measures that can be submitted for approval to CMS can be utilized in various value-based care programs outside of QCDR, reducing your administrative burden to collect clinical data in various formats.  

5. Can Be an Efficient and Cost-Effective Option 

Because most QCDR’s are part of specialty associations, the QCDR may be included in part of your dues, making the registry available as a free or low-cost option for clinicians. Also, because many of the QCDR’s are run by specialty associations, the association and QCDR support can be robust for specialty specific assistance and guidance, unlike generic assistance provided through other vendors. 

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