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Reg-entSM: Moving From Promise to Practical

Reg-ent: The Evolution of Measurement

  • 9:45 – 11:00 am
  • Sunday
  • Room E450B

The AAO-HNSF Reg-ent Qualified Clinical Data Registry has evolved from an idea to a pilot program to a fully functional database that can help practices fulfill reporting requirements to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn about how to complete those required reports and the next steps for Reg-ent during a Miniseminar following the Opening Ceremony.

“This will be a practical seminar. We are going to describe the things we are now in the process of using Reg-ent for,” said Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS, AAO-HNSF coordinator for Research and Quality. “We also are developing a research plan using the data we have collected in Reg-ent. We are actively developing performance measures for each of the different specialty areas.”

The session’s speakers will explain how Reg-ent is supporting the increasing role of measurement in healthcare. The speakers, all members of the Reg-ent Executive Committee, will illustrate how measures help define quality and explore the the importance of the specialty taking the lead in defining quality rather than having outside forces define it.

Dr. Ishii will demonstrate how to use the Reg-ent dashboard so more participants can complete PQRS reporting to CMS and how some participants have already used it for their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting.

“The Miniseminar will be an opportunity to dive into the weeds on how to do those things and what one gets from it,” she said. “We also will describe the plans for using Reg-ent data for research and for Maintenance of Certification, which is being demonstrated in a pilot program with the American Head and Neck Society. A lot of this is going to be new.”

The speakers during the Minseminar will be:

  • James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F executive vice president and CEO, is the Miniseminar moderator and chair of the Reg-ent Executive Committee. He will provide an update on MIPS 2017.
  • Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, will explain how measures are used to define quality. He is leading the Academy’s Project Jumpstart, which is designed to be a rapid-cycle measurement development process based on AAO-HNSF clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Rosenfeld also is leading work on initiatives to address the concerns of Reg-ent participants, such as the need for meaningful measures for all specialties within otolaryngology.
  • William R. Blythe, MD, is a private practitioner and Reg-ent participant. He will examine how measurement impacts a private practice and how he will use measures to engage in quality improvement and engage patients in their care.

“We have come a long way,” Dr. Ishii said. “Now we are to the point where we have more than 1 million data points and almost 2,000 participants, so we are starting to use those data in a meaningful way. The people attending will be able to see what we have accumulated and what the future holds.”

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