Quality & Practice

Benefits of the Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD)

With the Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD), physicians can compare their patient outcomes, professional performance and care processes against other physicians across the country. SQOD will be able to measure the continuum of care from initial patient contact, through intervention and follow up.

  • Improve patient care - Monitor patient interactions, track interventions, identify and address gaps in quality of care, and measure quality outcomes.
  • Manage patient populations - Proactively manage clinical conditions for entire patient populations by running reports on specific care criteria.
  • Benchmark your practice - Identify practice strengths and weaknesses using SQOD’s clinical data from other practices to compare against the performance and outcomes data of your practice. Run quality reports on demand, providing clinician- and practice-level results, plus national results and patient-level detail for all SQOD measures.
  • Enhance quality and practice efficiency - Use SQOD data to analyze practice processes and procedures, and as a source for fact-based decision-making. Because SQOD will capture data over time at the individual and practice level, it will help practices efficiently manage patient care and optimize practice resources.
  • Join a Community of Quality - Become a member of a like-minded community of quality-driven professionals striving to continuously improve patient care. Interact with your peers to create opportunities for sharing quality improvement strategies and broaden your professional network.

Streamline Quality Reporting

The objectives for the Spine Quality Outcomes Database also closely align to health care’s shift toward value-based payments. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) established new mandates that will have a direct effect on the physician quality reporting programs. As a designated Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), SQOD simplifies and automates annual reporting required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • Meet MIPS requirements: Physicians who participate in the SQOD will meet MIPS reporting requirements.
  • Save time: The SQOD automates extraction of EHR data, reducing work for the participating physician or practice.

Meet Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Requirements

SQOD has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) to meet the Part IV Maintenance of Certification requirement. Providers who utilize the registry can meet the Part IV, Practice Performance requirement. Additional details are still being defined, but will be released soon. Stay tuned to this website for more information.

Long-Term Benefits

The long-term vision for the registry is to allow for a wealth of data to understand the comparative effectiveness of various interventions, both within the purview of rehabilitation and as compared to other possible approaches. By tracking large populations, further insights will be obtained to help physicians guide the treatment for an individual patient. In using a massive registry, the medical community will learn from each other what treatments are ideal and result in the best outcomes. It is also possible that the registry will provide opportunities for new and more innovative methodologies for research never before possible.