A Physician-Friendly Clinical Data Registry
The AQUA Registry’s automated system and intelligent design allows urology practices to participate in quality improvement activities while minimizing the associated staff administrative burdens.
How to Utilize the AQUA Registry
Government Program Reporting
The AQUA Registry meets Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for quality reporting and has the potential to eliminate government-imposed financial penalties under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The AQUA Registry helps urologic practices submit performance measures to CMS and other payers with the highest performance measures through our system optimization.
National Benchmarking and Quality Improvement
AQUA Registry participants are able to benchmark their performance scores against aggregated scores at national and registry levels. The interactive dashboard allows participants to identify low performance areas to help guide quality improvement activities.
Whether you’re a solo practitioner or a member of an academic medical center, the AQUA Registry offers analytic tools to assist in achieving the quality improvement goals for your practice and patients.
Credit Toward ABU's Life Long Learning Program
Physicians participating in the AQUA Registry at the Classic or Elite level who have access to and utilize the interactive dashboard and AQUA Registry improvement tools are eligible to receive Practice Assessment Protocol (PAP) credit for the American Board of Urology's (ABU) Life Long Learning Program (formerly MOC).
As a QCDR with a national coverage of patients with urologic diseases, data collected through the AQUA Registry can fuel health services and policy research. AQUA Registry data have the potential to support basic science and translational research to help fill current knowledge gaps. All data used in published reports or articles are de-identified at aggregated levels.
Identifiable patient information collected by the AQUA Registry is stored on a secure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant cloud server. Each practice and provider will have access to a private report showing their performance with benchmarking comparisons against national and registry statistics.
To participate in the AQUA Registry, your urology practice must:
- Use an EHR System
- Be located in the United States
- Complete the AQUA Registry Interest Form
Business associate/data use and Registry Participation agreements address HIPAA requirements for the collection of patient data as well as outline what the AUA and the participating practices agree to provide.
Provides an “At-A-Glance” view of measures at the practice, location and provider levels and analyzes performance against the registry benchmark. Practice performance trends are tracked over time with the ability to drill down to the patient and provider levels to determine measure compliancy.
Access to Performance Measures
Includes both CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) measures and specialty-specific measures, many of which are created by the AUA and are meaningful to urologists.
Examine Measure Selection for Reporting
Review the best combination of measures that bring urologists the highest performance scores through system optimization in reporting to CMS.
Submission of Quality Measures to CMS
Presents quality measures to CMS and other payers on behalf of providers or practices to meet regulatory requirements.
PI Reporting and IA Attestation under MIPS
Offers a mechanism for practices to attest to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) and Improvement Activities (IA) portions of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).