The ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR™) has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the CMS Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2017. Twenty-four Non-MIPS measures spanning all six NRDR data registries have been approved for inclusion in the QCDR, along with 56 MIPS measures. QCDR participants may report a combination of Non-MIPS and MIPS measures in order to fulfill reporting requirements.
What is a QCDR?
A Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) is one of several available reporting mechanisms for satisfactory Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation in 2017. A QCDR is a CMS-approved entity that collects medical and/or clinical data for the purpose of improvement in the quality of care furnished to patients. Quality data submitted to a QCDR must include patients across all payers, and is not limited to Medicare beneficiaries. If you decide to use a QCDR for MIPS participation, ACR will submit your quality measures and improvement activities to CMS on behalf of your physicians and/or group practices.
Upcoming Webinar: Vendor Engagement: Help Your Radiology Clients Make the Most of QCDR Reporting
Thursday, July 20, 1pm - 2pm ET | Register now
QCDR for MIPS Timeline
Questions about your QCDR participation? Please use the links below to register for upcoming MIPS and QCDR webinars.
Vendor Engagement: Help Your Radiology Clients Make the Most of QCDR Reporting
Thursday, July 20 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
Execution Tips for Successful QCDR Reporting
Thursday, August 17 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
Avoid Costly Errors: Submit MIPS and Non-MIPS Data Accurately
Thursday, September 21 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
Making the Most of QCDR: Navigating the MIPS Portal
Thursday, October 19 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
Understanding QCDR Feedback Reports
Thursday, November 16 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
Prepare for 2017 MIPS QCDR Data Submission Deadlines
Thursday, December 21 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
2017 MIPS Submission Wrap-up
Thursday, January 18 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
QCDR Support Office Hours
Thursday, February 15 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
QCDR Support Office Hours
Thursday, March 15 1pm - 2pm ET | Register »
To view past recordings and slides see Webinars and Presentations »
Step 1: Consider measures and activities you would report in order to meet the 2017 MIPS reporting requirements. Decide if you will report as an Individual or Group. QCDR participants are allowed to report a combination on non-MIPS and MIPS measures for successful MIPS participation. The MIPS Measure Calculator is available to help your practice understand MIPS requirements and browse the quality measures and improvement activities available for 2017 reporting.
Step 2: If you are interested in using the QCDR but are NOT currently submitting data to NRDR, register for the National Radiology Data Registry to start that process now. Past QCDR participants do not need to re-register with NRDR and may use their existing account(s).
Note: You do not need to submit data to all the databases; only submit to databases that support measures relevant to your practice. Data may be submitted later in 2017, retrospective to January 1, 2017. Payment is not required until data is submitted.
If you or a facility at which you practice are currently submitting data to NRDR, monitor your data submission and select any additional registries from which you may want to report measures for MIPS.
Step 3: Learn more about registration, data submission and report generation by viewing the educational material on this web page.
By using the QCDR to participate in the MIPS program, radiologists can avoid the -4.0% MIPS 2019 negative payment adjustment for not reporting and potentially earn an incentive.
MIPS allows Medicare clinicians to be paid for providing high-quality, efficient care through success in four performance categories: Quality, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Cost. See this resource for more information: Be MACRA Ready: A Decision Guide for Radiologists.
ACR will submit physician and/or group practice quality measures and improvement activities to CMS on your behalf if you decide to use the QCDR. By January 31, 2018, physician and group practices must complete submission of quality measure data and improvement activities to the QCDR.
Registry participants are allowed to report a combination of non-MIPS and MIPS measures for successful MIPS participation. Non-MIPS measures are chosen from across NRDR registries.
The MIPS Measure Calculator is available to help your practice understand MIPS requirements and browse the quality measures and improvement activities available for 2017 reporting. We will continue to enhance this web resource.
QCDR participants can submit data to ACR for both MIPS and Non-MIPS measures for successful MIPS participation. ACR collects data in the following ways: manual web-based entry, automatically through software/structured report templates, web-based data upload and web services.
NOTE: Data submission requirements differ for MIPS and Non-MIPS measures, so please assess your ability to meet these requirements. You do not need to submit data to all the NRDR registries; only submit to registries that support measures relevant to your practice for MIPS participation.
Data for MIPS measures should be submitted via the MIPS portal as a web-based data upload using the following documents:
Data submission for NRDR Non-MIPS measures will be done through the relevant registry process, e.g. DIR, GRID, NMD, etc. For more details see NRDR Database Table.
The following reporting fees* apply for reporting performance measures and improvement activities to CMS for 2017 MIPS:
ACR members: $199 per physician per year
Nonmembers: $1299 per physician per year
Total payment is due for 2017 MIPS Reporting Fee by March 1, 2018
*in addition to NRDR participation fees
The following software partners have validated direct data export into the ACR QCDR: