CMS Approves NIPM-QCDR for 2018

Now in its second year, the ASIPP Quality Registry and National Interventional Pain Management – Qualified Clinical Data Registry (NIPM-QCDR) is bringing even more utility to interventional pain physicians to help providers and their patients confidentially and securely report real-world outcomes following procedures performed in an office, surgery center, or hospital.

With the introduction patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and performance tracking, physicians who participate in the registry can view real-time results, such as reduction in pain or improvement in functional capacity, across patients within their own group or benchmarked against de-identified results from regional and national peers.

The inclusion of outcomes tracking within the ASIPP registry is essential for physicians to gain the actionable insights needed to improve quality and patient outcomes, and is also valuable for regulatory reporting. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reapproved the NIPM-QCDR for the 2018 reporting year for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP). Clinicians who participate in the NIPM-QCDR through the ASIPP Quality Registry can fulfill all MIPS requirements, and are eligible for potential positive MIPS payment adjustments.

"ASIPP launched the NIPM-QCDR in 2017 to help interventional pain physicians succeed under mandated quality reporting programs like MACRA and MIPS," said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, M.D., Chair, ASIPP Board of Directors. “Receiving approval from CMS as a MIPS reporting registry again in 2018 is, of course, an important milestone for the specialty and society. But more importantly, with the addition of outcomes measures and PROs, we are taking the necessary steps to demonstrate the value of the care we provide.”

The ASIPP registry is available to all interventional pain physicians and their patients, not just those participating in clinical trials or MIPS. The data from these real-world outcomes will expand knowledge and understanding of interventional pain management and set the stage for healthier discussions regarding healthcare policy and reimbursement.

"The evolution of the NIPM-QCDR to include outcomes measures and PROs is critically important to advancing care and improving outcomes," said Dr. Manchikanti. "Whether or not you use the NIPM-QCDR for MIPS reporting, you will be able to track your outcomes over time, across various practice settings, and get confidential feedback from patients between office visits."

Providers who participate in the NIPM-QCDR will have the opportunity to maximize their MIPS performance in 2018 and, thus, optimize reimbursement payments in 2020. The NIPM-QCDR supports the Quality, Improvement Activities (IA), and Advancing Care Information (ACI) categories of MIPS. To satisfy the Quality category, providers can select from any of the 11 specialty-specific QCDR measures provided by ASIPP or the general Quality measures provided by CMS.

ASIPP is partnering with ArborMetrix on the 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. The NIPM-QCDR provides real-time reports available on-demand so physicians have easy access to the information that helps them propel performance and improve care, while avoiding penalties and optimizing potential bonus payments.

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