MohsAIQ is the national data registry of the American College of Mohs Surgery. MohsAIQ, pronounced "mosaic," stands for Mohs Advancing and Improving Quality. It supports the ACMS mission to promote and advance the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology. Ultimately, the registry will help the ACMS and its members demonstrate the value of Mohs surgery as patient-centered and highly effective. MohsAIQ will provide meaningful data about patients and physician performance in order to improve outcomes and maximize results under new payment models.
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Assess and improve quality
Participating in the registry will give you and your institution or practice the tools you need to assess and improve the quality of Mohs treatment. You will be able to track outcomes over time and view real-time results, across patients within your practice or institution, or benchmarked against de-identified results from national peers.
Meet CMS reporting requirements
Later this year, the ACMS will be self-nominating MohsAIQ for approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The College’s goal is for MohsAIQ to be the only MIPS solution designed exclusively for Mohs surgeons, and for your institution or practice to use MohsAIQ to fulfill the requirements of MIPS for the 2019 reporting year.
Generate new clinical knowledge
The robust data within MohsAIQ will serve as a working foundation to drive research, publications, and innovation for the specialty.
Advance the Mohs specialty
Participating in MohsAIQ is will strengthen and advance the specialty by providing a knowledge base to draw upon and review surgical methods.
Grow institutional recognition
By supporting the participation of Mohs surgeons in MohsAIQ, your institution will become recognized as a leader in driving quality in skin cancer care through registry-based quality improvement initiatives.
Increase insurance network stability
MohsAIQ will have the ability to run reports that can address payer issues and increase the stability of the Mohs specialty in the nation’s insurance networks.
Participation in the MohsAIQ registry is available to all domestic ACMS members. Here's how to get started:
- Click the 'Download enrollment form' button below to open a single, fillable PDF form that includes legal documents. Once it opens in your web browser, download it to your computer and fill in the blank fields electronically. Return the completed form to the ACMS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participants will be sent training links for authorized staff, and will be ready to start participating in MohsAIQ.
If you have any questions about the enrollment form or process, please contact Tammy O'Connell, CEHRS, at email@example.com or call (414) 347-1103.
January 14, 2019
MohsAIQ Registry approved for 2019 MIPS Reporting
The ACMS is pleased to announce the MohsAIQ registry has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2019 reporting year under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MohsAIQ is the only reporting solution designed exclusively for Mohs surgeons to fulfill MIPS requirements.
“My staff and I have found it easy to integrate the data input for MohsAIQ into our daily routine. MohsAIQ is essential to promote the quality, efficacy, benefits and usefulness of Mohs surgery. I encourage all members of the Mohs College to participate in this important endeavor for our specialty and its future.” – Dr. Jonathan Bingham, Great Falls Clinic, MT
Surgeons and institutions who participate in MohsAIQ will have the opportunity to maximize their MIPS performance in 2019 and, thus, optimize reimbursement payments in 2021. MohsAIQ supports the Quality, Improvement Activities, and Promoting Interoperability categories of MIPS. ACMS members now have four new Mohs surgery-specific QCDR measures available to report to CMS through MohsAIQ along with any combination of the eight general Quality measures.
The specialty-specific measures unique to MohsAIQ include:
- Adherence to Mohs Micrographic Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria
- Closing the Mohs Surgery Referral Loop: Transmission of Surgical Report
- Surgical Site Infection Rate – Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Antibiotic Prophylaxis for High Risk Cardiac / Orthopedic Cases prior to Mohs micrographic surgery – Prevention of Overuse
Learn more about the Quality Payment Program here.
- ArborMetrix News Release Announcing Partnership with ACMS
- National Registry and Outcomes Committee Updates
ArborMetrix, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the vendor partner selected by the ACMS to develop and help administer MohsAIQ. ArborMetrix was founded by internationally-recognized surgeons and uses a technology platform purpose-built to support medical specialty society registries. It has provided custom registries for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium, and other organizations.
MohsAIQ will leverage ArborMetrix’s flexible technology infrastructure, advanced analytics, and interactive dashboards to support quality improvement initiatives and clinical research leading to the identification of best practices. ArborMetrix aims for ACMS members and others who participate to be able to use MohsAIQ to satisfy quality reporting requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP), under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) starting in 2019. ArborMetrix will be supporting the College’s self-nomination as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for 2019.
What is MohsAIQ?
The Mohs Advancing and Improving Quality (MohsAIQ) registry, powered by ArborMetrix, supports the ACMS mission to promote and advance the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology. The registry will help the ACMS and its members demonstrate the value of Mohs surgery as patient-centered and highly effective. MohsAIQ will provide meaningful data about your patients and your performance so you can improve outcomes and maximize results under new payment models.
What is the cost and who may participate in MohsAIQ?
Participation in MohsAIQ is available to ACMS members in the United States, and is a benefit of ACMS membership. There is no cost to participate in the registry.
What data will be collected in the registry?
The registry will collect information commonly found in the op report/progress notes for Mohs surgery cases only. Non-Mohs cases are not to be included in the registry. All Medicare and non-Medicare cases may be entered. Branching logic makes it more efficient to enter information therefore it is difficult to give an actual number of fields entered per case as it is dependent on complexity. The Patient Health Information collected is First Name, Last Name, DOB and medical record number. This is collected so that records can be matched if at a later date there is a complication or recurrence. Any reports generated from MohsAIQ will contain ONLY de-identified information. Mohs-specific performance measures are being developed.
Do I have to enter all my cases?
The ACMS encourages all cases to be entered to populate the database. The College is currently self-nominating MohsAIQ for QCDR (Qualified Clinical Data Registry) status with CMS which will enable transmission of data for 2019 to comply with MIPS/Promoting Interoperability programs. We will hear if we are approved first quarter 2019. Currently to satisfy CMS requirements 60% of cases must be entered.
How much time does it take to enter a case into MohsAIQ?
Currently it takes 2-4 minutes to enter a case. The ACMS will be exploring interfacing with key EHR vendors to hopefully establish some efficiencies with streaming data in the future. Cases can be entered that day or once a week on a certain day. Past cases also may be entered.
What reports and features does the registry provide?
MohsAIQ’s suite of features and reports will make it easy for you to see how you are performing, identify and implement best practices, improve care, and optimize CMS quality reporting. You will come away with answers to key questions such as:
- How am I performing on key quality and process adherence measures?
- Am I excelling or lagging on these key quality and process adherence measures compared to my practice overall? Comparative peer groups? ACMS surgeons overall?
- In what areas of my practice are there the greatest opportunities to improve quality and/or processes?
MohsAIQ will especially deliver:
- Interactive, real-time analytics and reports on an intuitive, web-based, HIPAA-compliant interface
- Clinical relevance with specialty-specific measures
- Clinical depth through the ability to drill down to see patient-level details
Can I use MohsAIQ to fulfill CMS requirements under MIPS?
Later this year, ACMS will be self-nominating MohsAIQ for approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The College’s goal is for MohsAIQ to be the only MIPS solution designed exclusively for Mohs surgeons -- and for your institution or practice to use MohsAIQ to fulfill the requirements of MIPS for the 2019 reporting year.
What are the issues surrounding CMS reporting through a group vs. as an individual?
For 2019, CMS is, in fact, proposing to consider measures reported across different data submission mechanisms. So for instance, if you reported 2 measures via claims and 4 measures via QCDR (Qualified Clinical Data Registry), CMS would combine those measures to determine whether you satisfied the 6 measure reporting requirement and to tally your total quality category score. However, under this proposal, if the same measure is reported across multiple mechanisms, CMS will not combine the data for a single measure. They will use data from the mechanism that produced the highest performance. While CMS does not say this outright, it sounds like reporting via two different QCDRs would be permitted and that the data would be combined to satisfy the quality category so long as the measures reported by each QCDR are different measures.
There is no way to formally "elect" to participate in MIPS as a group. A group would simply start submitting data as a group. If you're using a registry, they will ask you at what level you would like to report. If you're submitting data to CMS on your own through the QPP data submission portal, then you will essentially check a box to indicate whether the submission is on behalf of a group or individual. Keep in mind that for 2018, claims-based reporting is not available for group-level reporting (only individual-level reporting). Also keep in mind that if a TIN (Tax Identification Number) reports as a group, but an individual clinician opts to also participate separately as an individual, CMS will calculate an overall MIPS score for both the group practice and the individual and use whichever is more favorable when determining the payment adjustment for that individual NPI.
There are multiple benefits to group reporting; namely the economies of scale. For example, when reporting quality measures, a group is only responsible for reporting on 60% of the group's applicable patient population. That means that if you're in a multi-specialty practice and select a specialty-focused measure, the practice can meet the 60% threshold without every single clinician in the practice reporting the measure (only clinicians that provide services/have patients to which that measure applies would need to report on the measure). In a TIN with 20 individual clinicians, if that practice did not report as a group, all 20 clinicians would be required to satisfy the quality reporting requirements on their own. There are also benefits to group reporting with regard to the Improvement Activities category. So long as a single individual in the group satisfied the requirements of the Improvement Activity, the group as a whole can take ownership of that activity and attest to satisfying that activity as an ENTIRE group (versus the 20 individual clinicians in the group needing to independently attest to completion of the required number of Improvement Activities).
How will I submit data to MohsAIQ?
Physicians and practices will provide data to the registry in a number of ways, which include manual data entry and EHR integration.
- The ACMS and ArborMetrix, the College’s technology and analytics partner for the registry, are actively working to establish partnerships with the EHRs most commonly used by Mohs surgeons. Once a partnership is established with your EHR vendor, ArborMetrix will work with you and your EHR to submit data directly from your EHR to MohsAIQ. Your institution or practice will incur any fees imposed by the EHR for this direct connection.
- Although the amount of manual entry may be decreased with a direct EHR interface, there will likely still be some manual entry due to the detail the registry is collecting.
The shared goal of the ACMS and ArborMetrix is to minimize interruptions to your workflow while maximizing the quality of the data in the registry to make sure it is of highest value to you and other Mohs surgeons.
Can non-physician personnel enter data into the registry?
Yes, other healthcare professionals such as nurses and medical assistants will be able to enter data in MohsAIQ on your behalf.
Is the data I provide secure and confidential?
Yes, MohsAIQ is compliant with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The information you provide will only be available to you. It will be de-identified in any and all reports accessible by others participating in MohsAIQ.
How do I sign up to participate in MohsAIQ?
Click here to complete the Enrollment form including legal documents.
Do I need IRB approval to participate in the MohsAIQ Registry?
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has confirmed that institutions including practice groups, hospitals, or other clinical care providers, that are providing data to a clinical data registry are not engaging in human subject research thus do not need IRB review and approval. For more information, see the letter from the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition requesting clarifications by OHRP related to the application of the Common Rule to clinical data registries and the OHRP response to this letter.
If you have questions or comments about MohsAIQ, contact Tammy O’Connell, CEHRS, the ACMS Administrative Manager, National Registry and Quality, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 500-7224.