The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) define a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) as a CMS-approved entity that collects data from an individual MIPS-eligible clinician, group and/or virtual group and submits the data to CMS on their behalf. QCDR data is used in evaluating incentive-based payment programs such as MIPS (Merit-Based Incentives Payment System).

Although CMS allows a variety of participation methods, the QCDR offers several important benefits:

  • All-in-One Reporting: The ability to report on all three incentive-based payment system categories including: quality, promoting interoperability and improvement activities.
  • Regular Feedback: Participants receive at least four feedback reports per year, which include physician-level data. Physicians can review their performance scores at all levels.
  • Individual and Group Reporting: The MIPS Portal supports both individual reporting and group reporting for clinicians.
  • Control: The ability to review and manage which measures to assess and to preview results before submitting them to CMS.
  • Wider range of patients:  The ability to report on all patients instead of only just Medicare Part B patients.
  • Create QCDR Measures:  The ability to create QCDR measures in addition to the MIPS measures.