If physician practices aren't using patient registries today, they soon will be to meet disease management, quality improvement and pay-for-performance reporting initiatives.

A session at the Medical Group Management Association 2011 Annual Conference, Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas, will walk practice administrators and clinicians through the basics of registries. Most electronic health records systems have a basic registry that creates a patient list, says session presenter Francis Campion, M.D., director of provider programs at Outcomes Sciences Inc., a developer of patient registries.

These basic registries enable the generation of lists of patients with specific conditions to better track their health status. But there are larger regional or national registries covering stroke, heart disease, cancer and rheumatologic conditions, among others, that practices can contribute their data to, and use to compare their safety, satisfaction, care quality and value against peers.

Still, the number of physicians using registries remains in the minority. Increased interoperability requirements under future meaningful use criteria, however, will make it easier to share EHR data with registries via a Continuity of Care Document, Campion notes. "There's a great opportunity for practices once they've gotten on EHRs to improve their quality locally and to contribute to the advancement of clinical guidelines and performance measurement nationally."

Session A12: "Using Registries to Meet Disease Management, QI and P2P Requirements," is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. More information is available at mgma.com.


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