RegentSM and clinical practice improvement

September 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 8

Regent_250As Regent’s data grows and new measures are added, the registry will become an excellent resource for Members seeking to engage in quality improvement within their practices.  Regent’s Executive Dashboard enables clinicians and practices to track their performance, identify gaps in care, implement interventions to improve care, and then track improvements over time. Furthermore, the dashboard is customizable and allows clinicians to drill down to patient-level data, which can be used for analyzing patient outcomes over time. If you want to see the Regent Executive Dashboard at work, stop by the Regent Booth in the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego convention center during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO ExpoSM.

In late April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and made Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) one of the four reporting categories required in MIPS.  According to the proposed rule, “CPIA is an activity that stakeholders identify as improving clinical practice or care delivery and that the Secretary of HHS [Health and Human Services] determines will likely result in improved outcomes.”

It is apparent from the proposed rule that providers participating in a registry, such as Regent, will have a significant advantage in meeting the reporting requirements described in the proposed 2017 MIPS system, including CPIA. CMS continues to encourage clinicians and practice groups to use Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) like Regent to submit the necessary data. The AAO-HNSF is working with our vendor, FIGmd, to assure Regent is ready for the new reporting paradigm under MIPS.