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AUA Quality Registry (AQUA) Program Information

AQUA - AUA Quality Registry

A Physician-Friendly Disease 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.

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 to CMS and other payers with the highest performance measures 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.

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

Partial Life Long Learning Credit (Formerly MOC)

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 Life Long Learning Program (formerly MOC) through the American Board of Urology (ABU).


As a QCDR with a national coverage of patients with urologic diseases, the 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.

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.


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 CMS QPP measures and AUA-developed measures which are meaningful to urologists.

Automate 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.

PI Reporting and IA Attestation under MIPS

Provides a mechanism for practices to attest to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) and Improvement Activities (IA) portions of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

AQUA Annual Report

Provides annual summaries on demographic, practice setting and geographic informaiton of AQUA participants and aggregated performance reports on each measure at national and regional levels.

AQUA Smart Report

Generates an easy-to-read report summarizing low performance measures, contributing factors and recommendations for improvement at both the practice and physician levels.

AQUA Bar Chart



Important Dates & Deadlines

October 31, 2019
Deadline for Elite practices to submit the final list of providers for MIPS reporting.


December 9, 2019
Deadline to receive 2019 data (1st - 3rd Quarter) from Elite practices for MIPS reporting.


January 1, 2020
2019 MIPS submission begins.


January 17, 2020
Deadline for Elite practices to submit Data Release Consent Form (DRCF) and validate data.


February 17, 2020
AQUA Registry deadline to submit MIPS reporting data to CMS.


March 31, 2020
2019 MIPS submission closes.


*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.

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