About the ImageGuide Registry

ImageGuide Registry Statement of Purpose

The ImageGuide Registry provides the framework to support a community of cardiology labs committed to patient-centered imaging, patient safety, improving outcomes, practice transformation, and innovation through ongoing data collection and quality improvement. ImageGuide supports and enhances imaging as a strategic approach to image-guided disease management in the healthcare delivery paradigm.

The ImageGuide Registry contains unique modules, including ImageGuideEchoTM (ASE) and ImageGuideNuclearTM (ASNC), and houses module data in one seamless interface.  Each society has complete ownership and control over the operations and data within their respective module. Where synergies exist, for multi-modality labs in particular, there will be a shared interface to permit linkage across the registry platform modules.

ImageGuideEcho exists to assess specific quality metrics and patient outcomes as a vehicle to drive technology application within the field of echocardiography for the benefit of patients, physicians, and researchers through analysis of echo-specific registry data.

In the wake of healthcare reform, specifically as it relates to the implementation of the new Medicare payment program outlined under the MIPS legislation, imaging labs need to be positioned to successfully participate and advocate for payment models and policies that reflect equity and value. This pressure comes from not only external stakeholders, such as payers, but also health care delivery systems, regulatory bodies, and patients. Recent decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transition to value-based payment models by 2020, confirmed the necessity of specialty societies, such as ASE, to commence registry development and implementation to ensure meaningful participation in these new and emerging payment models.

Payment will change significantly over the coming years, beginning with 2017 as the initial reporting period for payment beginning in 2019. The ability for physicians to report on specific quality and resource measures such as appropriate use criteria will drive payment as depicted in the figure below:

Figure 1: MIPS Payment Adjustment Rates per Year

CMS finalized increase to echo code 93306 and accepted the cardiology community’s proposal that prevents cuts to echoes with contrast