As part of its ongoing commitment to assist emergency physicians with providing the highest quality of emergency care, ACEP developed the Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR). This is the first emergency medicine specialty-wide registry at a national level designed to measure and report health care quality and outcomes. It also provides data to identify practice patterns, trends, and outcomes in emergency care. CEDR is an evolving registry that will support emergency physicians’ efforts to improve quality and practice in all types of emergency departments even as practice and payment polices change over the coming years. CEDR has re-qualified as a qualified registry by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2017 and is waiting for CMS to complete its annual required review of its 2017 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) application.
Instead of physicians being mired in an alphabet soup of reporting requirements, CEDR allows for single data capture to fulfill the requirements of multiple programs, making physician quality reporting more efficient. The health care environment is transitioning from volume-based to value-based payment for care. The CEDR registry ensures that emergency physicians, rather than other parties (eg, payers), are identifying what practices work best for whom.