SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

Council on Government and Professional Affairs

Council on Government and Professional Affairs

Council on Government and Professional Affairs

Performance matters more than ever with pathologists facing new federal requirements mandated by Medicare’s MIPS. Under the new system, pathologists not only are required to report on quality measures, but also their performance will be compared with that of their peers.

“The CAP has the longest history of successfully creating pathologist-specific measures, which has enabled pathologists to effectively report quality measures to the Medicare program,” said Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP, chair of the Performance and Measures Subcommittee for the Economic Affairs Committee. “In order to help pathologists succeed, it’s important to continue to expand the menu of measure options.”

Performance matters more than ever with pathologists facing new federal requirements mandated by Medicare’s MIPS. Under the new system, pathologists not only are required to report on quality measures, but also their performance will be compared with that of their peers.

“The CAP has the longest history of successfully creating pathologist-specific measures, which has enabled pathologists to effectively report quality measures to the Medicare program,” said Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP, chair of the Performance and Measures Subcommittee for the Economic Affairs Committee. “In order to help pathologists succeed, it’s important to continue to expand the menu of measure options.”

Performance matters more than ever with pathologists facing new federal requirements mandated by Medicare’s MIPS. Under the new system, pathologists not only are required to report on quality measures, but also their performance will be compared with that of their peers.

“The CAP has the longest history of successfully creating pathologist-specific measures, which has enabled pathologists to effectively report quality measures to the Medicare program, ” said Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP, chair of the Performance and Measures Subcommittee for the Economic Affairs Committee. “In order to help pathologists succeed, it’s important to continue to expand the menu of measure options.”

The CAP developed the Pathologists Quality Registry, the first Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) approved by the CMS to include pathology-specific measures unique to a registry. After a rigorous process to determine the right metrics, the Pathologists Quality Registry now includes nine new quality measures in addition to the eight measures available to pathologists previously, for a total of 17 pathology measures in 2018.

One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients.

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Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP

The CAP developed the Pathologists Quality Registry, the first Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) approved by the CMS to include pathology-specific measures unique to a registry. After a rigorous process to determine the right metrics, the Pathologists Quality Registry now includes nine new quality measures in addition to the eight measures available to pathologists previously, for a total of 17 pathology measures in 2018.

One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients.

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Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP
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Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP

The CAP developed the Pathologists Quality Registry, the first Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) approved by the CMS to include pathology-specific measures unique to a registry. After a rigorous process to determine the right metrics, the Pathologists Quality Registry now includes nine new quality measures in addition to the eight measures available to pathologists previously, for a total of 17 pathology measures in 2018.

One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients.

“The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients.”

Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP

“The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients.”

Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP

“The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients.”

Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP

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One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients. “The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients,” said Dr. Cardona. “At the same time, we want metrics that pathologists can control and impact in a meaningful way.”

Besides offering additional CMS-approved, pathology-specific measures, the Pathologists Quality Registry provides a pathology practice more transparency on performance, the ability to impact their performance within a reporting period, and one stop for attesting to improvement activities. All of these features will allow registry users the potential to succeed within MIPS and obtain a bonus. The price structure for the registry provides a significant member benefit with a cost of only $299 for CAP members compared with $799 for nonmembers.

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One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients. “The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients,” said Dr. Cardona. “At the same time, we want metrics that pathologists can control and impact in a meaningful way.”

Besides offering additional CMS-approved, pathology-specific measures, the Pathologists Quality Registry provides a pathology practice more transparency on performance, the ability to impact their performance within a reporting period, and one stop for attesting to improvement activities. All of these features will allow registry users the potential to succeed within MIPS and obtain a bonus. The price structure for the registry provides a significant member benefit with a cost of only $299 for CAP members compared with $799 for nonmembers.

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One new measure in the registry is turnaround time for biopsies, which serves as a surrogate marker for efficient workflow and high quality in the laboratory. Additionally, clinical colleagues appreciate quick turnaround times that enable them to expedite treatment decisions for their patients. “The intent of these quality measures is to measure things that are relevant to pathologists and improve the care of our patients,” said Dr. Cardona. “At the same time, we want metrics that pathologists can control and impact in a meaningful way.”

Besides offering additional CMS-approved, pathology-specific measures, the Pathologists Quality Registry provides a pathology practice more transparency on performance, the ability to impact their performance within a reporting period, and one stop for attesting to improvement activities. All of these features will allow registry users the potential to succeed within MIPS and obtain a bonus. The price structure for the registry provides a significant member benefit with a cost of only $299 for CAP members compared with $799 for nonmembers.