APMA has developed a data registry that has been approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for 2017. It will be launched later this year as a free benefit of membership.
In short, a registry is a vehicle to collect data, sort the data, and use the data for multiple purposes. Registries also offer a method of collecting data from individual providers and submitting the data to agencies like CMS on behalf of those providers. CMS allowed this submission method for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and continues to allow it for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017 as directed under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
We are now working with EHR vendors on integration. Once the registry is integrated with an EHR vendor, the EHR vendor’s clients will be able to submit information to the APMA Registry. Fully integrated clients will be able to submit quality measures for the Quality component of MIPS through the APMA Registry. At this time, five EHR vendors have signed agreements with Prometheus Research, our partner in developing the registry, to integrate with the APMA Registry or to evaluate whether integration is feasible:
The APMA Registry will be able to handle both individual and group submissions to MIPS.
APMA members will enjoy participation in the registry as a member benefit—at no charge! The APMA Registry is set up to allow for attestations for the advancing care information (ACI) and clinical practice improvement activities (CPIA) components of MIPS for the 2017 performance year. That means that regardless of your EHR vendor’s integration status with the registry, you will be able to register with the APMA Registry and submit attestations for these components for the 2017 performance year. More to come about the registration process in the near future.
The APMA Registry has 11 quality measures available for reporting. Highlighted measures are part of the MIPS Specialty Measure Set for podiatry for the 2018 Performance Period.
The APMA Registry will provide a wide array of benefits, in addition to allowing individual providers and groups to submit quality data to CMS: