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CMS approves the CAP’s clinical data registry

May 16, 2017—The College of American Pathologists announced that the Pathologists Quality Registry has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Designed for pathology practices, this registry will ease compliance with quality reporting requirements and provide a simplified mechanism pathologists can use to improve quality and to meet the requirements of the Medicare Quality Payment Program, or QPP. Getting QCDR status from the CMS is a strong indicator that the Pathologists Quality Registry will continue to meet QPP reporting requirements in the future.

As a CMS-approved QCDR, the registry will collect medical quality data from a pathologist or pathology group practice for physician quality reporting under QPP. The registry will send data directly to the CMS to track quality and foster improvement in patient care.

Set to launch at the CAP annual meeting in September, the registry will include 16 measures. Eight of those measures are the current Physician Quality Reporting System measures developed by the CAP. CAP members can begin submitting 2018 data on January 1.

“The designation by the CMS of the Pathologists Quality Registry as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry is a significant achievement for CAP members, our patients, and the pathology specialty. Our registry will allow pathologists to report directly to the CMS on current and future pathology-specific measures, thus fulfilling CMS reporting requirements while closely tracking the quality of their practices,” CAP president Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, said in statement.

The CAP is working with FIGmd, a provider of clinical data registries to specialty societies, to develop the registry.

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