Healthcare reimbursement is transitioning from pay-for-volume to a model that ties payment to quality care. The Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal to tie 90% of all Medicare payments to quality. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to reduce the overall cost of care, improve the patient experience, and improve overall population health. In addition, CMS has emphasized the need for better, coordinated care for people with cancer.

Nursing plays a critical role to identify and eliminate waste while actively improving systems and care delivery, all resulting in improved patient experiences and outcomes. ONS offers resources to inform healthcare professionals about quality reporting with an emphasis on improvement.

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Oncology Qualified Clinical Data Registry

The Oncology Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) meets Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use reporting requirements and can be used for performance improvement initiatives.

Why Choose the Oncology QCDR

Multi-Stakeholder Measures That Matter—Measures That Keep Quality Care as the Purpose of Measuring

Improving your processes around these measures will achieve outcomes that matter to multiple stakeholders, most importantly the patient.

The Oncology QCDR not only meets PQRS and Meaningful Use requirements, but the registry also offers patient-centered quality measures and tools to report your progress from baseline to continuous improvement.

Appropriate, Useful Measures for All Oncology and Non-Oncology Care Settings
Cross-cutting PQRS measures address care issues for inpatient and ambulatory care settings and are not specific to oncology.

Patient-Centered Care for People With Cancer
The ONS custom measures address care issues for people receiving chemotherapy and treatment-related issues for cancer survivors. These measures are appropriate for the inpatient and ambulatory setting and can be used by all care settings and specialties that provide care to cancer survivors.

Integration With Electronic Health Record Systems
Staff will work with your EHR vendor to easily push data to the Oncology QCDR, minimizing staff work to collect, analyze, and report quality data.

Maximize Efficiency as Part of a Larger Network of QCDRs
CECity's technology powers the Oncology QCDR as well as many other specialty and public health qualified registries. Integration with the Oncology QCDR allows for easy, efficient EHR integration with the registries your entire health system chooses.

Data Analysis, Benchmarking, and Dashboarding for Improvement
The Oncology QCDR differs from EHR tools and many other registries: it offers robust reporting and the ability to benchmark your data to other practices, institutions, and geographic regions. Data analyzed offer a roadmap of gaps and resources to improve the care delivered. Participation in interventions are noted on your reporting timeline and contribute to your quality improvement story and reporting. The analysis, reporting, and interventions for improvement combine to create reports that speak to your efforts in meeting value-based incentives.

ONS Custom Quality Measures

  • Assessment and Intervention for Psychosocial Distress in Adults Receiving Cancer Treatment
  • Recommendation for Exercise to Adult Cancer Survivors
  • Assessment and Intervention for Sleep-Wake Disturbance During Cancer Treatment
  • Education on Neutropenia Precautions
  • Goal Setting and Attainment for Cancer Survivors
  • Post-Treatment Education
  • Fatigue Improvement

Who Should Register

All eligible providers and eligible hospitals can register for the Oncology QCDR.

Click here to register, or contact ONS at research@ons.org.