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Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD)

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The Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD) is a clinical data registry that will follow individuals with spine related issues longitudinally, created by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The collected data will have the ability to advance the understanding of the ever-growing spine patient population while demonstrating the quality and value of treatments. Benefits of participating in the SQOD include:

  • Improving patient care
  • Meeting Maintenance of Certification® and MIPS reporting requirements
  • Managing patient populations
  • Bench-marking your practice
  • Enhancing quality and practice efficiency
  • Saving time
  • And more!

What Makes This Registry Unique?

The registry will follow both surgical and nonsurgical patients longitudinally, and collectively, the data has the ability to advance the understanding of the ever-growing spine patient population while demonstrating the quality and value of treatments.

How Can I Participate in the Registry?

The SQOD registry is LIVE! Payment adjustments are scheduled to be implemented in 2019 tied to a 2017 performance period.

We are actively seeking participating sites for the registry with discounted pricing for AAPM&R and AANS members. If you and/or your institution are interested in being a pilot site, please email spineregistry@aapmr.org.

How Does the Registry Align to Changes in Quality Reporting?

The objectives for the Spine Patient Registry also closely align to health care’s shift towards value-based payments. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established new mandates that will have a direct effect on the physician quality reporting programs. Learn more about MACRA.

For Eligible Providers (EPs) subject to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), your public-facing Composite Performance Score (CPS) will be dependent on reporting 4 components: 

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Registry reporting is one of 6 objectives under the Advancing Care Information objective that is used to determine your CPS. To receive the base score, physicians must simply provide the numerator/denominator or yes/no for each objective and measure. 

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Physicians who participate in the SQOD will meet reporting requirements while having the capacity to advance quality improvement and research needs.

What Does the Registry Mean for the Specialty of PM&R?

The reimbursement shift from pay-per-performance to quality of care is heavily dependent on data. The SQOD empowers the specialty of PM&R to showcase the value of physiatry in the future of medicine. As a registry participant, you will have patient-specific data to tell your story and the value your offer.  Additionally, you will meet reporting requirements while having the capacity to advance quality improvement and research needs.

Continue to monitor your member communications, including The Physiatrist and Connection for the latest developments. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Academy at spineregistry@aapmr.org.


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