RISE for Practices

The RISE Registry is a unique tool created by the ACR to help rheumatologists succeed in improving the care experience and the health of patients. It automatically extracts clinical data directly from the EHR systems of participating individual practices, aggregates these data centrally, and provides easily understandable analytics.

How You Can Use RISE

Improve Patient Care

RISE can help practices and health care providers evaluate the quality of care they deliver to patients and identify opportunities for improvement. Through the RISE dashboard, providers can track their performance on a variety of quality measures down to the patient level and see how they compare to their peers nationally. They can also learn how to optimize treatments using the ACR’s Rapid-Cycle Performance Assessment Activity, which was developed for use with RISE.

Meet Reporting Requirements

The RISE Registry simplifies and automates annual reporting required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Because RISE has been designated a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), participating providers, with minimal effort on their part, can report on a variety of quality measures that were developed specifically for rheumatology professionals. Furthermore, because of the high-quality data extraction done through RISE, each practice’s quality scores are more accurate than EHR reports and may lower the chance of a negative payment adjustment.

Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)

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.


What Makes RISE Unique

Easy to Use

An important feature of RISE is that it automatically collects information from integrated EHR systems, which means providers only have to enter data once and RISE will take care of the rest. Also, RISE can be tailored to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources – both structured and unstructured – so providers don’t need to change their work flow in order to get the analytics they need.

No Extra Investment

RISE is free. Also, because RISE can be tailored to each practice’s EHR system and work flow, RISE doesn’t require providers to pay for and develop custom interfaces.

RISE Resources

RISE Overview
RISE Implementation Process
RISE 2020 QPP Measures
RISE Frequently Asked Questions
RISE Technical and Security Information
2020 MIPS Performance Categories Overview
CMS Quality Payment Program Resource Library
2019 QCDR Measure Specifications
2020 QCDR Measure Specifications
RISE EHR Compatible Systems

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