The Pathologists Quality Registry is a cloud-based platform that uses automatically extracted and manually entered pathology report data for submission to the CMS. Registry participants can view and track estimates of their MIPS scores in the Quality and Improvement Activities reporting categories using the registry's dashboard at any time. The registry's web portal will open by January 2, 2018. Once enrolled, our vendor partner FIGmd is available to work with individual sites interested in data transfer automation to determine whether this option is feasible for your practice. The CAP will provide more information about using the registry's comprehensive dashboard for monitoring performance closer to the opening of the 2018 performance period.
Submission deadlines for 2018 are set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). All data for 2018 submission must be entered in the registry by January 18, 2019; no additional 2018 data can be accepted into the registry beyond this deadline. Between January and February, the CAP's registry partner, FIGmd, will prepare the submission to CMS for the MIPS program in January and February of the year following the performance period. Practices will then need to review and approve on the data selected for submission before it will be officially submitted to the CMS prior to their deadline of March 31.
In 2017, the Pathologists Quality Registry was approved by the CMS as a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR). Benefits of the QCDR distinction and the Pathologists Quality Registry include:
- Pathologists have access to report on more measures than in any other reporting solution.
- Unlike claims-based reporting, pathologists can submit on multiple MIPS categories through this one mechanism. The Pathologists Quality Registry helps reduce the burden of reporting on pathologists by offering MIPS reporting for multiple performance categories.
- You can track your performance and reporting progress throughout the year and see benchmarking information for quality improvement
- The registry can report information on all of your applicable cases, whereas claims-based reporting is only for your Medicare cases