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Reg-ent: Miniseminar to Look at the Role of Data Registries in Measurement

The AAO-HNSF Reg-ent Qualified Clinical Data Registry has been live since July 25, 2016. A year of use has opened the door to the great potential of performance data for otolaryngology, but it has also raised questions about performance measurement. A Miniseminar, “The Evolution of Measurement,” will follow the Opening Ceremony, with Reg-ent leaders discussing the evolution of clinical data registries and the role of Reg-ent in defining quality for the specialty.

Four speakers at the session will explain how Reg-ent, a clinical data registry, is supporting the increasing role of measurement in healthcare. The speakers, all members of the Reg-ent Executive Committee, will address how measures help define quality and the importance of the specialty taking the lead in defining quality rather than having outside forces define it.

The speakers also will discuss:

  • Academy initiatives to address the increasing need for quality performance measures
  • Performance measures as they define quality, outcomes, and patient experiences of care
  • An overview of data collected through Reg-ent and how it will contribute to research
  • How performance measures define quality for the practice of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.
  • How to prepare your practice for engagement with performance measures and quality measurement.

Reg-ent has been on an upward trajectory since its launch, with more than 325 practice sites and almost 2,000 participants. It contains data from 1.7 million patients and almost 4 million patient encounters. Reg-ent successfully reported PQRS 2016 data for more than 120 physicians.

James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F executive vice president and CEO, will serve as the Miniseminar moderator and provide an update on MIPS 2017. He is the chair of the Reg-ent Executive Committee.

Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS, AAO-HNSF coordinator for Research and Quality, will examine how measures are used to define patients’ experiences of care. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) are a new area for otolaryngologists and most healthcare professionals. PROMS will be used to help direct research and provide opportunities to improve care and outcomes.

Richard 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 is also 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 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.

To learn more about Reg-ent, visit its website, reg-ent.org, where you can listen to recently released podcasts with Drs. Ishii and Rosenfeld on the role of the data registry in otolaryngology.

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