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CMS Approves ASCP for Qualified Clinical Data Registry Status

The most recent CMS-approved clinical data registry can now help pathologists meet 2018 MIPS requirements.

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By Kate Monica

- The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently announced its National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is now a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status for 2018.

Achieving QCDR status means NPQR now offers a way for pathologists to meet 2018 requirements under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to assist providers with avoiding payment penalties and gaining positive payment adjustments.

“The ASCP NPQR is an institution-based registry that will allow pathologists and entire laboratory teams, as well as quality managers and IT managers, to participate in quality improvement initiatives and, now with QCDR approval, CMS quality reporting,” said NPQR Steering Committee Chair Steven Kroft, MD in a list serv. “Being recognized by CMS is an important milestone for NPQR, but, importantly, it is only one aspect of the registry. What sets NPQR apart from other registries is that it also gives labs and pathologists the tools to initiate tangible quality improvement and make meaningful impacts on patient care delivery.”

Established in 2016, NPQR provides a variety of patient-centric measures designated for MIPS reporting through QCDR. Measures focus on monitoring lab testing, improving pre-analytical processes, optimizing turn-around time and critical value reporting, and assessing analytical and diagnostic accuracy.

“ASCP recognizes the heterogeneity in pathology practices and listened to our members’ feedback on how existing measures suited only a subset of pathologists,” said NPQR Medical Direction Ali Brown, MD. “With these challenges in mind, ASCP developed NPQR to have applicable measures for most labs, with topics suiting both anatomic and clinical pathology.”

NPQR also offers labs a tool for quality improvement science and best practices.

 “With NPQR, instead of just giving pathologists a benchmark, we are incorporating ASCP’s vast expertise and educational materials to give pathologists and laboratories the tools to drive change,” said Kroft.

NPQR aggregates clinical and anatomic pathology data from health IT systems to provide dashboards with patient-level details. Physicians can create and share reports with frontline staff, departments, practice managers, and hospital administrators.

 “We encourage laboratories to join the National Pathology Quality Registry,” said ASCP CEO E. Blair Holladay. “We are a profession focused on quality diagnostic results. Pathologists, working with laboratory professionals, created this registry to suit the needs of the laboratory.”

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