May 30, 2017
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National Interventional Pain Management - Qualified Clinical Data Registry Receives CMS Approval

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) with great enthusiasm announces today the approval of the National Interventional Pain Management - Qualified Clinical Data Registry (NIPM-QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2017 reporting year. NIPM-QCDR will assist interventional pain physicians fulfill requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP).

The CMS-approved NIPM-QCDR will capture and analyze data that are clinically relevant and appropriate for interventional pain physicians. Physicians who participate in NIPM-QCDR will be able to understand and adjust their 2017 performance to improve patient outcomes and optimize future reimbursements under the CMS QPP. They will also be better prepared for CMS quality reporting in future years when penalties and incentives get even larger.
"Approval by CMS of the NIPM-QCDR is one of the most consequential achievements for the interventional pain management community. It is a historic achievement with approval of 70 percent of the proposed measures during the first year. The registry ensures the high quality of evidence based interventional pain management, benefitting interventional pain physicians in a multitude of ways, allowing them to avoid penalties, potentially gain large incentives, and maintain registries for multiple interventional pain management techniques. It will ultimately improve the quality of care with fewer hassles," said Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Chairman of the Board of ASIPP.
NIPM-QCDR will include general MIPS measures, as well as nine specialty-specific measures developed by ASIPP that are relevant, clinically appropriate, and meaningful to interventional pain physicians and their patients. To read all nine non-MIPS measures, click here. 

Joshua Hirsch, MD and colleagues recently published an article on QCDRs in the AJNR.  "Qualified clinical data registries are uniquely positioned to allow practitioners to successfully interact with MIPS, " said Dr. Hirsch.  "The ability for pain practitioners to improve quality and succeed is greatly enhanced by those that did the hard work of putting together the NIPM QCDR-truly, a tremendous achievement."
"Approval of nine specialty-specific measures makes the registry exceptionally beneficial to interventional pain physicians and their patients," said Dr. Standiford Helm, an ASIPP board member. 

"ASIPP has developed new quality measures that are specific to our specialty.  This will allow us to achieve Quality Reporting more easily in the new CMS Quality Payment Program, in which MIPS replaced PQRS, said Deborah Tracy, MD, MBA, an ASIPP board member. "Participating in ASIPP's QCDR will also offer methods to succeed  in the new category of Improvement Activities. Once again, ASIPP is leading the way for future success in our specialty." 

ASIPP is partnering with ArborMetrix, provider of healthcare intelligence solutions, on NIPM-QCDR. ArborMetrix's suite of features and reports make it easy for physicians to see how they are performing, identify and implement best practices, improve care, and optimize CMS quality reporting and value-based payment. NIPM-QCDR will provide real-time reports available on-demand so physicians will have easy access to the information that helps them propel performance and improve care, while avoiding penalties and optimizing potential bonus payments.

Participate in NIPM-QCDR

For more information or to sign up for NIPM-QCDR, follow the link below, or register to attend an upcoming "Measure What Matters" webinar on Thursday, June 8 or Thursday, June 15. 

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