Reg-ent℠ at AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

August 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 7

It’s almost time for the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL. Whether you are a current Reg-ent participant, interested in becoming one, or just want to learn more about the registry and its future, we invite you to attend the Reg-ent Miniseminar and stop by the Reg-ent booth.

The Reg-ent Miniseminar, The Evolution of Measurement, is taking place on Sunday morning, September 10, immediately following the Opening Ceremony (in E450B, McCormick Place Convention Center — Lakeside). This Miniseminar will address quality measurement, how measures assist in defining quality, and why it’s important for otolaryngology to define quality versus having it defined by outside forces. It will also provide insight for how to prepare your practice for engagement with quality measurement and research. A key goal of the session is for attendees to have a better understanding of how data registries support the increasing role of measurement in healthcare.

Four speakers will explain the evolution of measurement, Academy initiatives to address the concerns of Reg-ent participants, and the impact of registry participation for all practices from small private practices through large academic or hospital based systems. Time is also planned to answer questions from attendees.

James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO will serve as the session moderator and will also provide an update on MIPS 2017. He is the chair of the Reg-ent Executive Committee, and the other speakers are also members of the committee.

Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS, AAO-HNSF Coordinator for Research and Quality will examine how measures are used to define patient experience of care. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) are a new area of measurement for otolaryngologists as well as most healthcare professionals. PROMS will be used to help direct research and provide opportunities to improve care and outcomes.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, will explain how measures are used to define quality. He is leading the Academy’s Project Jumpstart, which is designed to be a rapid-cycle measurement development process based on AAO-HNSF clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Rosenfeld is also leading work on initiatives to address the concerns of Reg-ent participants regarding the need for more specialties within Otolaryngology.

William R. Blythe, MD, is a private practitioner and Reg-ent participant. He will address how measurement impacts a private practice and how he uses measures to engage in quality improvement and engage patients in their care.

Please visit the Reg-ent booth, located in Academy Central, Level 3, McCormick Place Convention Center—Lakeside. The Reg-ent team will be available to answer your questions regarding joining and participating in Reg-ent as well as current and future capabilities of the registry. At the booth, you can also view a demonstration of the Reg-ent dashboard and its functionality. For those interested in joining Reg-ent while in Chicago, we can walk you through the Reg-ent sign-up portal to execute your contract. The Reg-ent booth will be open Sunday, September 10, through Wednesday, September 13.

The Academy, recognizing that data is a critical component in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, developed the Reg-ent clinical data registry to be the first and only national repository of otolaryngology-specific data. Reg-ent harnesses the power of data to guide the best ENT care. Focused on quality improvement and patient outcomes, the registry is an essential tool that will advance outcomes in the specialty.

Reg-ent is a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), as well as Qualified Registry (QR), CMS designations that allow Reg-ent to report all required MIPS 2017 categories, including Quality Measures, Advancing Care Information (ACI), and Improvement Activities (IA). All Reg-ent participants benefit from the non-reporting aspects of Reg-ent, which include research, measures development, MOC reporting, and more.

To learn more about Reg-ent’s benefits and capabilities, current and future, make sure to attend the Reg-ent Miniseminar and visit the Reg-ent booth. If you would like to learn more about Reg-ent before the Annual Meeting, please visit