Physicians Advocacy Institute

Frequently Asked Questions Updated for 2020


9. What is the difference between a qualified registry and a qualified clinical data registry?

  1. A qualified registry (QR) is capable of collecting and submitting quality data to CMS on your behalf. The list of CMS-approved QRs can be found here.

    A qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) is defined by CMS as a, “CMS-approved entity that collects clinical data on behalf of clinicians for data submission.” Examples include, but aren’t limited to, regional collaboratives and specialty societies. QCDRs can’t be owned or managed by an individual, locally-owned specialty group. The list of CMS-approved QCDRs can be found here.
    The QCDR reporting option is different from a qualified registry because it isn’t limited to measures within the Quality Payment Program. The QCDR can host “non-MIPS” measures approved by CMS for reporting. Measures submitted by a QCDR may include measures from one or more of the following categories:
    1. Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), which must be reported via CAHPS certified vendor
    2. National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed measures
    3. Current 2020 MIPS measures
    4. Measures used by boards or specialty societies
    5. Measures used by regional quality collaborations
    6. Other approved CMS measures

    Some national specialty societies administer or endorse registries and/or QCDRs and offer them to their members at no or low cost. Contact your national specialty society to inquire if it has one available for MIPS reporting.

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