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Reg-ent Attains CMS QCDR and QR Designations

July 6, 2017 - 11:08am

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is pleased to announce that its otolaryngology-specific clinical data registry, Reg-ent, was awarded Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and Qualified Registry (QR) designations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

QCDRs and QRs collect clinical data to foster improvement in the quality of care furnished to patients. As a QR, Reg-ent allows participants to report measures currently part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  As a QCDR, Reg-ent participants will also be able to report otolaryngology-specific quality measures not currently part of QPP in addition to the QPP measures. These otolaryngology-specific quality measures are not available in any other registries and can only be reported through Reg-ent as a QCDR. AAO-HNSF is actively engaged in developing additional measures for use in the Reg-ent QCDR in 2018 and beyond.

“Securing QCDR and QR designations for Reg-ent is critical, particularly as payment for quality continues its evolution,” said James C. Denneny III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the AAO-HNSF. “Reg-ent data will be invaluable in documenting the value of care provided by our members, creating measures for public and private payment programs, and enabling research around multiple disease conditions.”

“Having a clinical data registry with QCDR and QR designation is a great advantage for our specialty,” said Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS, AAO-HNSF, Coordinator for Research and Quality and a member of the Reg-ent Executive Committee. “In the past year, we have signed up close to 2,000 participants in Reg-ent. As we grow the registry with increasing numbers of patients and patient visits, we are creating a national clinical data repository for our specialty.”

Reg-ent's enhanced technology platform will accommodate all required 2017 MIPS reporting categories including Quality Performance, Advancing Care Information (ACI) and Improvement Activities (IA). The AAO- HNSF contracted with FIGmd, the industry-leading technology company that designs, operates, and maintains the largest and most effective clinical data registries in the country as the technology partner in the development of Reg-ent. Reg-ent also received QCDR and QR designations in 2016.

For more information about Reg-ent, visit For information about the Quality Payment Program, visit


About the AAO-HNS

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNSF works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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