September 06, 2018

Improve Your Mammography Performance

In the battle against breast cancer, mammography facilities have a powerful tool — the National Mammography Database (NMD) — to help compare and benchmark performance. As part of the National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®), NMD allows participants to receive quarterly feedback reports providing comparisons to peer facilities along with benchmarks of measures such as cancer detection rates, positive predictive values and recall rates.

In the drive to improve care for cancer patients, one of the challenges radiologists face is the lack of data to determine outcomes related to screening findings. For mammographers to improve their performance, it is critical for them to get biopsy results and clinical pathology data back from providers and labs.

Now, participants in NMD are eligible to gain recognition and a financial incentive for achieving high-quality data submission.

NEW! NMD Star Status Program

The NMD Star Status Program rewards NMD participants based on three tiers of completeness of their screening exam data. Each facility that achieves gold, silver or bronze status will receive an award that is applied toward its NRDR annual participation fee:

Gold: $500
Silver: $300
Bronze: $100

Beginning in Nov. 2018, NMD quarterly feedback reports will include evaluation of participants’ completeness of screening exam data and identify their NMD Star Status level (if applicable).

As part of the NMD marketing toolkit, those who achieve NMD Star Status will also receive a certificate that indicates their NMD Star Status, which they can use in their marketing programs to highlight their screening quality.

Shoot for the Stars

Watch for your Q3 NMD feedback report to see if you qualify for NMD Star Status. Your feedback report will help you assess how your site is performing in terms of screening data completeness and your ability to assess patient status based on outcomes data.

Here are two actions your mammography center can take to improve your performance:

  1. Understand where your facility stands in achieving completeness of screening data.
  2. Develop a plan to take actionable steps to make improvements where needed to obtain more complete outcomes data.
NMD quarterly feedback reports will include participants’ evaluation of completeness of screening exam data and identify their NMD Star Status (if applicable). The criteria for first year of the program and the % reported by your corporate group will be shown. An example is shown below. To achieve NMD Star Status, participants must meet the completeness metrics across ALL data elements for each level.

Star Status Metrics Level — Year 1

Data Element*

Gold

Silver

Bronze

NMD Percent Reported

Date of previous exam

60%

50%

40%

0

Indication for exam

80%

70%

60%

90.4

Personal history of breast cancer

80%

70%

60%

0

Breast cancer in first-degree relative

80%

70%

60%

0

Breast density

80%

70%

60%

99.6

Date of biopsy

80%

70%

60%

100.0

Classification of lesion

80%

70%

60%

100.0

Malignancy type

80%

70%

60%

99.2

Tumor size

40%

30%

n/a

0.3

Tumor stage

40%

30%

n/a

42.9

Nodal status

40%

30%

n/a

42.9

*To achieve NMD Star Status, participants must meet the completeness metrics across ALL data elements for each level.

These first-year completeness metrics were developed by analyzing data across all NMD participants and identifying the levels of top performers. The metrics for each level will be adjusted annually to drive better performance.

Learn more about participating in the NMD and achieving NMD Star Status. For questions, contact:

Email: nrdrsupport@acr.org
Phone: 1∙800∙227∙5463, ext. 3535