The U.S. Wound Registry was created in 2005 in response to the ongoing need for clinicians to aggregate data about our patients to support the public policy attacks against our specialty. Every day CMS and private payers must find ways to cut costs to the Medicare and private health care system. We have evolved into a world where you must justify the basis for your fees, or watch them be cut, often dramatically.
Recently, the U.S. Hyperbaric Industry almost vanished overnight. The AMA's RUC was reviewing the justification for the basis of the hyperbaric physician in attendance code, and without supporting data to back up claims of “our patients are ill and need these advanced services” the relative value rate for that service was set for a signficant reduction. The U.S. Hyperbaric Registry provided concrete, real world experience based data to support the hyperbaricists arguments and the value rates, while lower, where no where near where they were originally headed, averting a tragic payment impact.
In 2015, CMS’s EHR Incentive Rule changed the Meaningful Use Programs to require submission to two registries to meet the now Required Public Health Objective 10. Many providers will submit data to immunization and syndromic surveillance registries to meet this requirement, but many clinicians don’t have that option. Instead, you need to submit data to two different specialty registries to meet your requirements. Any physician, regardless of specialty, by submitting data to any two of the Chronic Disease Registry’s Family of Registries, can meet their measure requirements under Objective 10. Start by registering at the U.S. Wound Registry, our oldest registry, and start doing double the work, with no additional costs.
The Chronic Disease Registry maintains seven (7) distinct registries. The CDR is a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) recognized by CMS in 2013 and has been a PQRS Registry since 2007.
The CDR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As a nonprofit corporation and a tax-exempt organization, the CDR is subject to restrictions to ensure its assets are used in furtherance of its charitable mission and not for private gain. Its mission and purpose is to create and operate data registries of patient data, chronic diseases, medical products and devices. Each registry within CDR is governed by its own unique data governance board.