New registry seeks to improve cardiovascular ultrasounds

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ImageGuideEcho—the first registry devoted solely to measuring quality in cardiovascular ultrasounds— is now open to U.S. physicians.

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) made the announcement in a Jan. 29 press release.

“Lab managers can look to this registry to provide quality feedback metrics per individual physician and across the entire lab in comparison to national standards,” Sherif Nagueh, MD, medical director of the echocardiography laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital and chair of the ASE Registry Committee, said in the release. “This feedback loop is essential to continual quality improvement. The volume of patient encounters expected in this registry will also be an advantage for future imaging research efforts.”

The registry also aims to aid cardiovascular imaging physicians with new Medicare reporting requirements under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Registry participants will also receive feedback related to further imaging metrics allowing for improved clinical decision-making and quality improvement benchmarking.

Enroll in the registry or read more here.