CMS Approves ACEP’S New Qualified Clinical Data Registry

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is pleased to announce that its Clinical Emergency Data Registry, known as CEDR, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) (

To create the registry, ACEP contracted with FIGmd, the industry-leading technology company that designs, operates and maintains the largest and most effective clinical data registries in the country. Together, ACEP and FIGmd have established the first national level Emergency Medicine specialty-wide registry.

“The time was right to build a robust registry that would allow emergency physicians to be among the early adopters in strategically using information technology to measure, improve and report healthcare outcomes,” said ACEP’s president Michael Gerardi, MD, FACEP.

ACEP will now be able to report quality measure data to CMS on behalf of their registry members for the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year. In addition to PQRS, the data submitted by ACEP may also be used by the Value-Based Payment Modifier.

“Having a QCDR is a great advantage for CEDR and emergency medicine,” said Clinical Data Registry Committee Chair Stephen Epstein, MD, FACEP. “With CEDR certified as a QCDR, our registry can report the standard PRQS measures we are familiar with, but it also allows us to create 30 of our own, emergency medicine-related quality measures.”

CEDR is an evolving registry, which will support emergency physicians’ efforts to improve quality, practice patterns and trends in all types of EDs, even as practice and payment policies evolve over the coming years.

“The development of CEDR is right on schedule,” said James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP, a member of ACEP’s Board of Directors who was involved in the development of CEDR. “We look forward to the pilot phase and full rollout that will take place during the rest of the year.”

CEDR is being developed under FIGmd’s sophisticated information technology infrastructure and will be phased in over the next year in terms of the number of participating EDs, scope and functionality. As FIGmd President and CEO Sanket Baralay stated, “We’re honored to have been selected for the CEDR project and to partner with ACEP. The next several months and years will be very exciting as we meet ACEP’s diverse system integration needs and bring CEDR to life for its members.”

“ACEP couldn’t have gotten QCDR approval without FIGmd,” said Stacie Jones, Director of Quality and Health Information Technology at ACEP. “Because of FIGmd’s proven track record, we anticipate the partnership will provide members with an optimal user experience for quality reporting.”

Through the aggregation, organization and reporting of data on clinical effectiveness, patient safety, care coordination, patient experience, efficiency and system effectiveness, CEDR will provide physicians with a definitive resource for informing and advancing the highest quality emergency care.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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