Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
Meaningful Use


Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

CMS Approves GIQuIC as a PQRS Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the 2016 Reporting Year
Learn how you can successfully participate in PQRS submitting GI-specific measures

We are pleased to announce that the GIQuIC Registry has again been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2016 reporting year. The QCDR reporting mechanism is a dynamic reporting option that allows providers to report on measures that are meaningful to their specialty practice and foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients.

Since 2010, GIQuIC has grown in value as a clinical benchmarking tool for gastroenterology practices, surpassing 3 million colonoscopy cases in April 2016. CMS approved GIQuIC as a QCDR for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 PQRS reporting year, facilitating endoscopists’ documentation of compliance with quality measures. Over 600 GIQuIC participants elected to utilize the GIQuIC QCDR for their 2014 PQRS reporting, and over 1,100 participants did so for their 2015 PQRS reporting.

For the 2016 reporting year, eligible providers who satisfactorily participate in PQRS will avoid the 2018 payment adjustment of negative 2.0%, an adjustment that will be compounded further by the value-based payment modifier up to an additional negative 4.0% depending upon group size.

To see the detailed specifications of the clinical quality measures on which the GIQuIC QCDR will report for the 2016 reporting year, please click here.

To provide the details surrounding the QCDR reporting option and the GIQuIC registry, GIQuIC hosted an informational webinar on April 12, 2016. The slides can be accessed by selecting here. A recording of the webinar can be accessed by selecting here. A list of frequently asked questions can be accessed by clicking here.

To see the Quality Benchmarks for the 2018 Value Modifier and the 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) visit CMS’s 2016 QRUR and 2018 Value Modifier webpage

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Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

CMS Releases “Final Rule” Outlining Quality Payment Program
Qualified Clinical Data Registries provide a pathway to fulfill MIPS requirements

On October 14 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final regulation implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) through the establishment of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). There are two tracks for participation in the QPP: (1) the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or (2) Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  Most eligible providers in 2017 will begin their participation in the QPP through MIPS. Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) provide a pathway to help successfully fulfil MIPS requirements.

The self-nomination process for registries to become a QCDR is annual. GIQuIC has to self-nominated as a QCDR for the 2017 reporting year. CMS will post the list of 2017 QCDRs by early May 2017. In the interim, GIQuIC hosted an informational webinar on the role of QCDRs in fulfilling MIPS requirements. To access the slide deck from the webinar select here and to access a recording of the hour-long webinar select here.

For more information on the Quality Payment Program visit:

CMS’ Quality Payment Program web site at

ACG’s National Affairs web site at

ASGE’s MACRA Implementation Resource Center at


Meaningful Use

GIQuIC Specialized Registry Declaration

GIQuIC is a specialized registry to improve population health outcomes.  Participants using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to transmit data to the GIQuIC registry may attest to using a “specialized registry” for the purposes of Meaningful Use Objective 10: Public Health Reporting, Measure Option 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting.  Please contact GIQuIC to learn more.