The AUA Quality (AQUA) Registry is a national Qualified Clinical Data Registry developed by urologists for urologists. The registry was designed to measure, report and improve health care quality and patient outcomes.
The latest information and updates to AQUA will be presented at 3:15 pm Sunday during the Next Frontier plenary session in Hall E at Moscone North. Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA, AUA Data Committee Chair, and Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer of John Muir Health, will moderate the 30-minute discussion titled AQUA Registry: Information, Certification, Regulation, Innovation. During the session attendees will be updated on how and why the AQUA Registry was created, what the current standards are for participation and how the registry can help practices in the future.
Dr. Schlossberg said the AQUA Registry was designed with two significant goals.
“One was to help practices do quality improvement and meet certain regulatory requirements,” he said. “The other was to be a resource for practice patterns within the urology community.”
The AQUA Registry can provide urology practices with government program reporting, national benchmarking and quality improvement, patient reported outcomes data, access to maintenance of certification (MOC) credits, and rich research data.
Participation in AQUA is available to urology practices at different subscription levels. The most basic level, which is free for AUA members, includes use of the AQUA Registry Dashboard and access to Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program Measures.
“Practices get their own dashboard to monitor their quality and see how they are meeting quality objectives,” Dr. Schlossberg said. “They control their own information.”
Upgrading to the classic subscription level or the elite level includes added features ranging from Quality Measures Developed for Urology to Quality Measure Submission to CMS.
According to Dr. Schlossberg, one of the most useful features of AQUA is its integration with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). AQUA provides urology practices with a path to participate in the CMS Quality Payment Program, which streamlines multiple, value-based programs including Meaningful Use, The Physician Quality Reporting System and Value-Based Modifier.
Participation in the CMS Quality Payment Program requires ongoing education, Dr. Schlossberg said, because the program is constantly evolving.
“On a day-to-day basis most urologists are not focused on this,” he said. “The AUA is trying to help urology practices by developing this registry, which is a qualified clinical registry that meets certain criteria of the Federal requirements.”
During Sunday’s session, Dr. Schlossberg will be joined by Matthew Cooperberg, MD, MPH, FACS, of the University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, who helped create many of the technical aspects of AQUA; David Penson, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the chair-elect of the AUA Science & Quality Council; and Michael Ritchey, MD, of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the American Board of Urology, who will discuss how the AQUA Registry interacts with MOC.