Qualified Clinical Data Registry

The RISE Registry has been designated a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

What It Means

QCDR is a special designation offered by CMS. According to CMS, QCDRs collect data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking to foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients. The designation affords registries the ability to serve as a reporting mechanism for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). It also allows registry users to report on non-PQRS quality measures that reflect rheumatology practice in the clinical setting.

Why It Matters

Because RISE has been designated as a QCDR, it can provide a number of extra benefits to its users. First, RISE provides an easy mechanism through which providers can participate in PQRS at no additional cost and potentially avoid negative payment adjustments. The ACR is also working to position RISE as a vital tool for reporting as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is implemented. Second, RISE offers a variety of non-PQRS quality measures that are specifically tailored to rheumatologists so that rheumatology providers can track and report on measures that matter to them.

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