HI-IQ and the IR Registry
By Emily DeMerchant Fall 2018
If you were presented with an opportunity to improve patient outcomes, differentiate your practice, meet MACRA requirements and contribute to the future of interventional radiology, chances are very high that you would take it. This opportunity is, in fact, available to all IRs via participation in the IR Registry. The IR Registry, a joint effort of SIR and the American College of Radiology (ACR), is enrolling now. Participation is simple and the benefits are significant.
The IR Registry enables the collection of performance measures for image-guided interventional procedures, and participating facilities and physicians receive reports based on aggregated benchmarks to facilitate patient safety and quality improvement efforts. In addition, the IR registry provides participants with additional opportunities to fulfill CMS Physician Quality Reporting System reporting requirements and gain maintenance of certification credit from the American Board of Radiology.
Participation in the IR Registry is one of the easiest ways you can get involved in a major SIR initiative. Through the use of standardized report templates within your dictation system or via the use of approved data collection tools such as HI-IQ®, procedure data is captured during the standard radiology workflow and submitted automatically to the registry. ACR then uses this procedure data to produce quality reports illustrating local and aggregate performance for the registry’s quality measures. Each facility’s quality reports are available to them through the ACR’s National Radiology Data Registry Portal.
Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, uses HI-IQ to collect and submit data to the registry due to internal IT restrictions that didn’t allow for the use of standardized report template data collection. Julie Cundiff, RN BSN, vascular database coordinator for Carle Foundation Hospital, has been responsible for registry data collection since April 2018. She says, “I love to use HI-IQ—it is very user friendly and can be modified to help gather the data points your facility is looking for. The collection tool in particular makes inputting data quick and easy.”
Whichever submission method is used, the benefits of participation are clear. The IR Registry is the first wide-scale, comprehensive data collection effort to evaluate and facilitate improvement of interventional radiology procedures. IR practices will likely be quick to recognize the competitive advantages that can be obtained by participating, both at the local practice level and as a national specialty. Anthony Eclavea, MD, of Radiology Associates of Appleton, describes the impact to his practice: “As part of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), we don’t need to participate in the Registry for collection of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data but, nevertheless, we see participation as essential to our future. The quality measure data provided to us as a result of participation has clear implications on our ability to market our practice to patients and differentiate ourselves against other radiology practices and competing specialists.”
Visit sirweb.org/qualregistry to learn more about the IR Registry and to enroll.
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