LINTHICUM, Md., April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Urological Association (AUA) today announced its AUA Quality (AQUA) Registry, a national urologic disease registry designed to measure and report healthcare quality and patient outcomes, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR).
A QCDR is a CMS-approved entity that collects and reports medical and/or clinical data for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), a CMS quality reporting program that utilizes incentive payments and payment adjustments to encourage eligible professionals and group practices to report on quality measures to Medicare.
"We are honored to be the first national-level urology clinical data registry to be granted this designation from CMS," said AUA Science and Quality Council Chair, J. Stuart Wolf Jr., MD. "This certification further validates AUA's commitment to the AQUA registry and improving the quality of care for patients with urologic disease.
CMS required the AUA to undergo a rigorous certification process before the AQUA Registry was accepted as a QCDR. This prestigious designation enables those urologists and participating practices who utilize the Registry, a seamless way to report both quality- and non-PQRS measures to CMS and other private insurers, with minimal burden to the practice staff compiling the data -- a major benefit of belonging to a QCDR.
With more than 350 participating urologic practices, health systems and academic centers from 48 U.S. States and territories, the Registry, which was created by urologists, for urologists, provides the urologic community with a definitive resource for informing and advancing urology within the United States.
For more information about AQUA, visit www.AUAnet.org/AQUA.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
Contact: Christine Frey, AUA
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