WASHINGTON, March 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP) selected FIGmd, the leading provider of clinical data registries to specialty societies, to develop the first pathologist-specific clinical data registry, Pathologists Quality Registry. Designed specifically for the practice of pathology, this registry will ensure pathologists have a mechanism for quality improvement against the CAP established standards, while complying with requirements under the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP).
As the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, the CAP is focused on ensuring that pathologists can comply with new value-based payment models such as those enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). As part of the CAP's advocacy strategy, a registry will ease compliance with quality reporting requirements and provide a simplified mechanism pathologists can use to improve quality and to meet the new Medicare program requirements.
The registry is a system used by physicians to collect medical and/or clinical data to foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients. The CAP has submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to approve and authorize the registry as a reporting option in Medicare's QPP.
The Pathologists Quality Registry will provide a pathway for CAP members to meet new requirements under the QPP. The registry, available in 2017, will include 16 measures; eight of which are the current Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures, developed by the CAP.
"For the first time, pathologists have developed a benchmarking tool for their own fellow pathologists. The Pathologists Quality Registry is a performance improvement tool to ensure that our members can report their performance relative to the CAP's established performance measures, while benchmarking their performance against other pathologists," said CAP President Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, FCAP. "We chose to work with FIGmd based on their experience with medical specialty societies, medical professional associations, and their innovative approach to making data collection meaningful. They are known for developing registries that are simple to implement and easy to use."
"Collecting, analyzing and most importantly acting on data insights is the future of health care," said Sanket Baralay, Founder and CEO of FIGmd. "We are delighted to partner with the CAP to launch the Pathologists Quality Registry. Our leading edge approach to data collection, analysis, and quality reporting will minimize data entry burdens and maximize registry participation benefits, for both individual pathologists and the profession as a whole."
The Pathologists Quality Registry is set to launch at the 2017 CAP annual meeting, before the 2018 MACRA performance period, to ensure that pathologists qualify for payment bonuses under Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and others. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd's technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd's solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com
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