Eddy said that compliance with new reporting requirements, such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), is a key reason to sign up for the registry. “As the administrator of a large group, or if I was the practice manager of a one-physician office, being ready to report quality measures under MIPS is the most important thing in my life right now, because it changes everything,” she said. “The quality mandates that are being added bring a level of complexity and tedium to the practice of medicine that is literally staggering. I find myself coming to work some days thinking, ‘Can I talk about quality one more moment?’”
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She urged otolaryngologists to join the registry sooner rather than later. “The sooner we all get started, the broader and deeper the database will be. The database is only as good as what is put into it,” she said. “We can determine the future of the definition of quality clinical improvement and outcomes by providing this invaluable insight into how physicians really practice, boots on the ground, in the real world.”
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance medical writer based in Florida.