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SQOD Designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry by CMS

May 23, 2017

The Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD), the Academy's registry, has been designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

QCDR designation is important because it enables physiatric practices to identify and improve gaps in the quality of physiatric care, demonstrate their value to payers, and compare their performance to physiatrists nationwide. Since physiatry owns the data, you are empowered to tell your own story of value. 

A QCDR is a reporting mechanism for satisfactory Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, distinct from Qualified Registries. As a QCDR, the SQOD:

  • Offers an easy way to submit quality data to CMS for the MIPS for both individual physicians and physician group practices (GPRO)
  • Allows users to submit non-CMS measures to meet their quality reporting requirements—benefits the specialty!
  • Provides direct assistance with compiling the needed data for quality improvement
  • Provides feedback to registry participants at least quarterly and on demand via the SQOD Registry User Dashboard
  • Is a vehicle to attest all Quality Payment Program requirements:
    • Quality
    • Improvement Activities
    • Advancing Care Information

Learn more about the Spine Quality Outcomes Database.