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Miniseminar to Explain Process to Join Registry

Regent_Square_LogoThe AAO-HNSF RegentSM Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) has ended its pilot phase and is gearing up to start accepting applications for Academy Members to participate. Learn how to join the registry and the benefits of participating during a special Miniseminar at the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM.

The Miniseminar, “The Future Is Now, Regent: The First Otolaryngology-Specific Clinical Data Registry,” will be presented following the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, September 18. It will feature four speakers who will present details on the data collected during the registry’s pilot phase, how the registry can interface with electronic health record systems, the transition to full enrollment, what data will be collected moving forward, how the data will be collected, and how the data can be used. Ample time will be reserved to answer questions from the audience.

“This Miniseminar is designed to educate our members about the progress that has been made as well as the capabilities it brings to the table. Attendees will be able to see how it works and sign up on-site,” said AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO James C. Denneny III, MD. “There is a significant financial advantage to signing up early. The first 1,000 who join by September 30 will receive the first year participation and application fees free. After that, we will charge nominal amounts for participating in the registry.”

Applications to participate in the registry will be accepted during the meeting. Session attendees will learn how to join and how to learn more about Regent during the meeting, including the presentation of videos about using the registry.

“We will discuss the clinical areas the registry is covering, what Regent can do as far as quality reporting with CMS, both related to PQRS and MIPS [the Merit-based Incentive Payment System], which replaces it,” said Dr. Denneny, the session moderator. “We will talk about performance measures, what we will measure, and where they come from.”

Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS, coordinator for Research and Quality, and chair of the Registry Task Force, will present information about the pilot phase of Regent, how it will be governed moving forward, and the data that will be collected.

The other speakers will be Tim Parr, vice president of technology for FIGmd, and H. Louise Eddy, MS, CCC/A, FAAA, executive director of Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.A., Houston, TX. FIGmd operates the technology platform that collects, stores, and disseminates the registry data. Ms. Eddy will present the perspective of a private practice that participated in the Regent pilot phase, Dr. Ishii said.

Regent is key for AAO-HNS/F, its Members, and the sub-specialty societies the Academy and Foundation are working with in developing the registry.

“This is important for several reasons,” Dr. Denneny said. “All versions of healthcare reform point to value as the key, defined as quality over cost. Regent will allow us to define quality for our patients and aid in controlling cost.

“This registry will be able to collect data from multiple sites and multiple practice types, and help us determine objectively what are the most effective treatments for patients across the breadth of the specialty. We have never had the ability to get data from such a diverse provider population that is free of outside interests in such a rapid fashion.”