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CMS grants Pathologists Quality Registry QCDR status for second consecutive year

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 18:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Pathologists Quality Registry has been approved as a 2018 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the second consecutive year, solidifying the tool as an instrumental component for pathologists in fulfilling reporting requirements under Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Developed by pathologists for pathologists, the Pathologists Quality Registry offers additional pathology-specific quality measures and attestation for improvement activities, helping pathologists demonstrate quality care while maximizing Medicare payment bonus potential.

"We are pleased to announce the Medicare program has again approved our registry as a qualified clinical data registry after we have added more measures created by pathologists for pathologists. Our registry will now offer 17 pathology-specific quality measures enabling pathologists greater opportunity in identifying measures relevant to their practice to succeed in MIPS and qualify for Medicare bonuses," said CAP President R. Bruce Williams, MD, FCAP. "In addition, the Pathologists Quality Registry offers continuous quality improvement through a dashboard and quarterly performance benchmark reports that allow practices to monitor performance and elevate the quality of patient care."

The registry offers 17 quality reporting measures all developed by the CAP; eight are QPP measures in the public domain, and the remaining nine are specific pathology measures approved by the CMS in the last two years as QCDR measures—exclusively available in the Pathologists Quality Registry.

Through its measures development led by councils and committees of pathologists, the CAP has sought to improve quality of patient care and ensure pathologists can participate in new quality payment programs.


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