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Qualified Clinical Data Registry Reporting

A qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) is a new reporting mechanism available for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) beginning in 2014. A QCDR will complete the collection and submission of PQRS quality measures data on behalf of Eligible Professionals (EPs). For 2014, a QCDR is a CMS-approved entity that collects medical and/or clinical data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking to foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients. EPs who satisfactorily participate in PQRS through a QCDR may earn the 2014 incentive payment (0.5%) and avoid the 2016 payment adjustment (2.0%). To be considered a QCDR for purposes of PQRS, an entity must self-nominate and successfully complete a qualification process.   

The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule includes the finalized, detailed information regarding this new reporting mechanism. Please note: A QCDR is different from a qualified registry in that it is not limited to measures within PQRS, please refer to the documents referenced below for more information.   

For Reporting

2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registries

This document contains a listing of 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) including detailed information of the services each QCDR offers, the cost incurred by their clients, as well as the measures they are supporting in PY 2014. Eligible professionals wishing to participate using the QCDR reporting option should review this document by clicking on the following link: 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registries.  

2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Submission Overview

The 2014 QCDR Submission Overview document provides submission information for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) participation option of QCDRs for the 2014 program year.

2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Measures Overview

The 2014 QCDR Measures Overview document contains information about the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) QCDR measures for the 2014 program year.

The 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) XML Specification and Error Messages have been posted for reporting.  To view these documents click on the following link: 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Reporting  XML Specification and Error Messages.

For Entities   

2014 Physician Quality Reporting System: Qualified Clinical Data Registry Data Submission Criteria  

For entities that are interested in becoming a QCDR, the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System: Qualified Clinical Data Registry Data Submission Criteria document contains detailed information regarding the self-nomination requirements and qualification requirements.

2014 Physician Quality Reporting System: Qualified Clinical Data Registry Kick-Off Presentation and Question and Answer Session Minutes

For entities participating as a QCDR, the 2014 QCDR Kick-Off Materials includes the program, measure, and submission related information conveyed at the 2014 QCDR Kick-Off Meeting. The 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Kick-Off Presentation contains the content  presented at the 2014 QCDR Kick-Off. The 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Kick-Off Questions Answers Session Minutes contains the questions and answers from the 2014 QCDR Kick-Off Meeting.  

For Eligible Professionals

2014 Physician Quality Reporting System: Qualified Clinical Data Registry Participation Made Simple

For EPs interested in using a QCDR to qualify for a 2014 PQRS incentive payment or avoid the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment, the 2014 PQRS: QCDR Participation Made Simple. This document describes QCDR reporting and outlines steps that an individual EP should take in selecting a QCDR to work with for the 2014 PQRS program year. 

2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Reporting Overview

For entities participating as a QCDR, the 2014 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Reporting Overview document contains detailed information the QCDR reporting mechanism. This overview provides information about the program and participation requirements for the 2014 program year.