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AUA Quality Registry (AQUA) Program Information

AQUA - AUA Quality Registry

A Physician-Friendly Disease Registry

The AQUA Registry’s system automation and intelligent design allows urology practices to participate in quality improvement activities while minimizing the associated staff administrative burdens.

AQUA Data Cloud

How to Use the AQUA Registry

Government Program Reporting

The AQUA Registry meets Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for quality reporting and EHR programs and has the potential to eliminate government-imposed financial penalties under MIPS. The AQUA Registry helps urologic practices to submit performance measures with the highest scores to CMS and other payers through system optimization.

National Benchmarking and Quality Improvement

AQUA Registry participants are able to benchmark their performance scores against aggregated scores at national and regional levels. The registry’s interactive dashboard allows participants to identify low performance areas and take guided steps to improve performance through an automated Smart Report.

Whether you’re a solo practitioner or a member of an academic medical center, the AQUA Registry is a much-needed “one-stop shop” to help you improve performance for your practice and the quality of care for your patients.

Patient-Reported Outcomes

Embedded within the AQUA Registry is an optional PRO Portal, which is designed to allow practices to use direct patient feedback to better understand and compare outcomes from patients’ perspectives.

Maintenance of Certification

The AUA has received approval for AQUA Registry participants to receive some MOC credits from the American Board of Urology (ABU) if certain conditions are met.

Research

As a national registry of patients with urologic diseases, the data collected through the AQUA Registry can fuel health services and policy research. AQUA Registry data also 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.

Privacy Policy

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 receive a private report showing their performance with benchmarking comparisons with national or regional statistics.

Requirements

To participate in the AQUA Registry, your urology practice must:

Business associate/data use and Registry Particpation agreements address HIPAA requirements for the collection of patient data as well as outline what the AUA and the participating practices agree to provide.


Registry Features

Interactive Dashboard

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.

Access to Performance Measures

Includes both longstanding CMS QPP measures and AUA-developed measures meaningful to urologists.

Automated Measure Selection for Reporting

Selects 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

Provides reimbursement support by submitting measures to CMS and other payers on behalf of providers or practices to meet regulatory requirements.

ACI Reporting and IA Attestation under MIPS

Provides a mechanism for practices to attest to the Improvement Activities (IA) and Advancing Care Information (ACI) portions of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

AQUA Bar Chart


Subscription Levels and Pricing

The AQUA Registry offers three subscription levels that provide practices with a variety of options to fit their needs and budgets to ensure that all practices wishing to join the only national urology–specialty-wide registry can do so.

Subscriptions are available at the Basic, Classic and Elite levels.

Subscription Privileges and Pricing

Subscription Levels

Basic

Classic

Elite

AQUA Registry Dashboard

Partial

Full

Full

CMS QPP Measures

Quality Measures Developed for Urology

AQUA Smart Reports for Performance Improvement

AQUA Registry Annual Reports

Some MOC Credit*

Optimal Measure Selection for Reporting

Quality Measure Submission to CMS

ACI Reporting and IA Attestation under MIPS

Fees (per provider/year)

AUA Member: Free
Non-Member: $499

AUA Member: $299
Non-Member: $799

AUA Member: $499
Non-Member: $999

Elite subscribers may be eligible for group discounts. Email the AUA Registry team to learn more.

Subscription Fee is subject to change. Please contact AUA for the most recent rates.

*Provided certain conditions are met.

All subscribers who are not current AQUA Registry participants are subject to an installation fee of $500 per practice for practices with at least one AUA member and $1,000 for practices without AUA members. Pricing varies by subscription level and practice size.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

September 1, 2017
Deadline to register with the AQUA Registry for 2017 MIPS reporting if you are not an AQUA participant

October 1, 2017
Deadline for AQUA participants to submit intent to report MIPS through the AQUA Registry

October 3, 2017
Deadline to integrate EHR system through the AQUA Registry

January 31, 2018
Deadline to submit Data Release Consent Forms (DRCF) through the AQUA Registry Dashboard

March 18, 2018
Deadline to submit 2017 data to CMS through the AQUA Registry.

*Disclaimer: If your institution expects third parties to use their institution–specific  BAA, has complex security requirements or other special issues, make sure to start the enrollment process as soon as possible to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed prior to the deadline.