NEW YORK – The College of American Pathologists said on Monday that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved its Pathologists Quality Registry as a qualified data registry to help pathology practices comply with requirements under Medicare’s Quality Payment Program and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Qualifying pathologists face penalties from CMS for not reporting MIPS data and may be eligible for positive payment adjustments in Medicare Part B reimbursement if they do report data.
CAP noted that CMS is moving away from claims-based reporting for MIPS and no longer allows practices with at least 16 pathologists to report quality measures on claims through billing companies.
According to CAP, the registry provides pathologists with pathology-specific quality reporting measures, as well as the ability to integrate with a practice's lab information and billing systems to automate and simplify data collection.
"We developed the Pathologists Quality Registry to ensure that pathologists have the best qualified clinical data registry for demonstrating their value in the MIPS program as it evolves, as well as for continuous quality improvement at their practices," CAP President Patrick Godbey said in a statement. "Our registry optimizes your opportunity to get paid for the value you provide to Medicare patients."
Godbey added that more than 1,000 pathologists are currently using the registry.