CMS qualifies ACC national cardiovascular data registry for 2008 PQRI
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has qualified the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) to submit aggregate data for the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

The ACC said that this is the first time an alternative mechanism to claims-based data has been authorized for reporting for PQRI.

As a result of the CMS decision, the ACC said that physicians whose patient data is captured as part of the NCDR’s new IC3 Program can request that the NCDR be submitted on their behalf to meet CMS 2008 PQRI requirements. The IC3 program is the first office-based registry designed to provide physicians with the most current, U.S.-recognized best practices for cardiac care. The NCDR currently is not providing physician reports from any of the hospital-based registries (i.e, ACTION Registry-GWTG, CARE Registry, CathPCI Registry, ICD Registry) for PQRI in 2008.