As part of its ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality of emergency care, ACEP has developed the Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR). This is the first emergency medicine specialty-wide registry at a national level, and it’s designed to measure and report health care quality and outcomes. It will also provide 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 EDs even as practice and payment policies change over the coming years. ACEP CEDR has been qualified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) to help emergency physicians and clinicians meet both the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting and other quality reporting requirements.
Quality Care Through Comparative Evidence
CEDR will, for the first time, enable emergency physicians to review their practice patterns and outcomes in comparison with their peers. Starting in 2015, CEDR will provide emergency physicians and clinicians with patient outcomes and health care quality metrics at the physician, ED, and group levels. Initially focusing on ACEP’s Choosing Wisely recommendations and ED throughput, CEDR will gradually expand to include other aspects of emergency care in 2016.
A Physician-Friendly System
CEDR is designed to be physician friendly. With little data entry burden to emergency clinicians or ED staff, clinical and patient data will be extracted, transformed, and loaded into CEDR from the ED’s electronic health record system, revenue cycle management system, or administrative data system (see Figure 1).