The Society of Interventional Radiology, in collaboration with the American College of Radiology (ACR), is developing a national registry aimed at improving quality of care. Plans call for the registry to be ready by fall 2015.
Jeremy Durack, MD, will provide an update on plans for the registry during an In-the-classroom workshop on Wednesday, “Quality, IR and Economics: The Role of Interventional Radiology,” beginning at 1 p.m. in Room 311.
The registry will enable the collection of performance measures for image-guided interventional procedures. Participating facilities and physicians will receive reports based on aggregated benchmarks to facilitate patient safety and quality improvement efforts.
In addition, the IR registry will potentially give participants additional opportunities to fulfill reporting requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and gain credits toward maintenance of certification (MOC) from the American Board of Radiology.
“We have also made a major effort to streamline data collection through automated capture from electronic medical records and software packages,” Dr. Durack said. “We really hope this will reduce reporting burden and data-entry errors.”
Additional focused registries will be developed using a similar registry platform, beginning with central venous access. Plans call to add many other procedures down the road.
Architects have developed and are piloting structured reporting templates for central venous access, uterine artery embolization, vertebral augmentation, IVC filter insertion, and IVC filter removal.
From the pilot, feedback from interventional radiologists, referring clinicians, researchers and billing experts will be used to improve workflow integration and build new standardized reporting templates.
Along with clinical data, standardized reporting components include relevant PQRS measures, Joint Commission standards and SIR/ACR guidelines.
Registries will capture procedural and postprocedure events, enabling postmarket surveillance of devices, a primary interest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These efforts may be well positioned for federal funding opportunities from agencies such as the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
The session will also include presentations on hospital expectations for interventional radiology; creating a data-driven quality improvement program for IR that serves patients; the IR Venture Forum, creating a new model for partnerships.