At the Forefront

May 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 4

Reg-ent Is the MIPS Reporting Solution of Choice for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: Here’s Why

In addition to serving multiple functions as the clinical data registry for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Reg-ent is also utilized by members to submit data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) per the requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Designated by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), Reg-ent can accommodate required reporting for three of the four MIPS 2020 performance categories: Quality, Promoting Interoperability (PI), and Improvement Activities (IA). Members participating in Reg-ent submit data to CMS for one, two, or all three of the performance categories and can do so at the individual clinician or practice level.

Through Reg-ent’s advanced, user-friendly technology platform, registry participants have access to a customizable and interactive Reg-ent dashboard that provides a visual representation of quality performance data at the provider and practice levels and offers feedback opportunities to physicians and nonphysician providers so they may compare their performance with other clinicians in the registry at a national level. These capabilities support MIPS Quality performance category reporting in addition to allowing Reg-ent participants to monitor patient care and outcomes, identify gaps in care, and assist with implementation of evidence-based changes in care.

The Reg-ent MIPS module within the Reg-ent dashboard is configured in alignment with the scoring calculations and reporting requirements as outlined by CMS for MIPS 2020. The Reg-ent module provides participants with an estimated MIPS score for each performance category based on reporting selections and practice-/clinician-specific details that impact scoring.

Reg-ent currently contains 57 quality measures, all of which can be reported for MIPS 2020. Reg-ent includes 17 QCDR otolaryngology-specific measures developed by the AAO-HNSF available only in Reg-ent and 40 publicly available Quality Payment Program (QPP) measures that have been identified as applicable to AAO-HNS members.

Members who participate in Reg-ent are directly supporting the specialty through the contribution of data to the registry’s data repository specific to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. It is the collective data in Reg-ent that empowers our specialty to determine the future of otolaryngology care—not only to define quality patient care and outcomes, but also to demonstrate the value of the care we provide.

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Free eCourse: Telemedicine During the Pandemic

Free for members and nonmembers: This timely new course provides a guide for immediate implementation of telemedicine in your practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This course was developed in collaboration with the Practice Management Education Committee and Telemedicine Committee. Learn more at


Age-related Hearing Loss Quality Measures

Two Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measures related to geriatric otolaryngology were developed by the Age-related Hearing Loss Measures Development Group (MDG). These quality measures were created for the diagnosis and treatment of age-related hearing loss, including bilateral presbycusis and symmetric sensorineural hearing loss in older adults. They are available through the Reg-entSM registry:

AAO16 – Age-related Hearing Loss: Audiometric Evaluation

AAO17 – Age-related Hearing Loss: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging of Bilateral Presbycusis or Symmetric SNHL

These quality measures are used to track patient care, connect outcomes with processes, and meet third-party payer requirements, such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). By utilizing these quality measures through Reg-ent, you can track performance and benchmark against your peers.

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Clinical Consensus Statement: Ankyloglossia in Children

The AAO-HNSF Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS): Ankyloglossia in Children was published online in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery on April 14. Read the CCS now at


Education Opportunities

OTOSource, a single-source online repository for otolaryngology education, covers numerous topics from allergies to sinonasal disease in the senior population. Review conditions and treatment of geriatric patients through study guides and surgical videos on this free platform at