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If you work in the world of registries, NCDR16 was the place to be. More than 1,000 registry professionals, quality experts, cardiovascular administrators and physicians from around the US came together for the 2016 National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Annual Conference on March 30—April 1 in Chicago, IL. We were right there in the mix.

The conference provided an interactive learning environment with customized sessions that offered something meaningful for everyone involved. Information included overviews of the newest registries, a lightning round of NCDR program updates, and the importance of good data for all aspects of healthcare.

It would take several blogs to cover all of the valuable information provided at the three-day conference, but here are highlights from some of the sessions.

NEW! The LAAO Registry and Afib Ablation Registry.
The LAAO Registry captures information for left atrial appendage occlusion procedures such as the Watchman device. CMS released the final National Coverage Determination for left atrial appendage closure devices on Feb. 8, 2016, which includes the requirement to participate in a national registry. The new registry will follow the procedure but also capture four post procedure follow-ups. Procedures cancelled after a patient enters the procedure room will still be required to be entered with a smaller data set and will require one follow up.

The Afib Ablation Registry will launch April 21, 2016. In addition to capturing procedure information, it also captures the effect of Afib on the patient’s qualify of life by utilizing the Atrial Fibrillation Effect on Quality-of-Life (AFEQT) questionnaire.

Contact Primaris about abstraction for this new registry or other registries.

NCDR Program Updates

  • CathPCI V5 is tentatively scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2017 and will include measures for appropriate use criteria for Diagnostic procedures. More information will be coming out soon.
  • The Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care will be offering a Cardiac Cath Accreditation utilizing data from the NCDR CathPCI registry. You can learn more here.
  • ICD Version 2.2 launched April 1, 2016.
  • The NCDR will be offering certification for data abstractors in the upcoming future. They will provide more information as the program is further developed.

During the conference, we handed out CathPCI Data Elements pocket cards. These are always a huge hit; the attendees find them very useful for their teams. You can download the pocket card here.

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A concurrent workshop, “Role of Registry Stakeholders in NCDR Data—Perspectives from Payers, States and Health Systems” featured presentations about the use of NCDR data in Anthem’s QHIP program as well Emory’s Chief Quality Officer of Cardiology Dr. Abhinav Goyal discussing quality improvement initiatives and outcomes using NCDR data.

Check out the numerous registries Primaris provides abstraction for!

Broader Use of NCDR Data in 2016
A quote shared during this session sums up the importance of registries and the data involved.Science tells us what we can do; Guidelines tell us what we should do; Registries tell us what we’re actually doing.”

Tactics for NCDR data use included:

  • Information for research efforts
  • hospital report cards by health plans
  • state-mandated reporting
  • provider-level reporting
  • public reporting
  • platform for clinical trials
  • post-approval studies
  • post-market surveillance

The NCDR Public Reporting Effort – The Good, the Bad and the Why
This session discussed the expanding role of public reporting and strongly encouraged physicians to take an active role, design quality improvement projects around public reporting, and utilize patient focus groups around their experiences.

What top three topics were most valuable for us?

       3)    Truly capturing the patient’s whole experience.

       2)    Healthcare’s impact to their confidence in the system and quality of life.

And most importantly…

       1)    The critical role that quality improvement will play into payment reform as healthcare moves towards               a value-based system.

What did your organization find most resourceful at NCDR16? Leave your comments below.

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