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AAO-HNSF clinical data registry receives CMS qualification

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation are pleased to announce that its clinical data registry, RegentSM , has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Regent is an otolaryngology-specific clinical data registry that allows members to report on quality measures for federal and private programs, and will become the foundation for quality improvement and research, will define quality for the specialty, and will support certification and licensure.

The QCDR designation provides the ability to satisfy requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) based on participation. A QCDR is a CMS-approved entity that collects clinical data to foster improvement in the quality of care furnished to patients.

"Securing QCDR status for Regent is critical, particularly as payment for quality continues its evolution both with CMS and private payers," said James C. Denneny III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the AAO-HNS/F. "Regent data will be invaluable in documenting the value of care provided by our members, creating measures for public and private payment programs, and enabling research around multiple disease conditions."

"Having a clinical data registry with QCDR designation is a great advantage for our specialty," said AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD. "Regent will report the standard PQRS measures we are familiar with, but it also allows us to create up to 30 otolaryngology-specific quality measures."

Regent is currently in the pilot testing phase with 30 participating practices and is expected to fully launch to AAO-HNS members this summer.

The AAO-HNS/F contracted with FIGmd, the industry-leading technology company that designs, operates and maintains the largest and most effective clinical data registries in the country as the technology partner in the development of Regent.

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About the AAO-HNS/F

The American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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