In 2016, ASCP established the National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR), a national quality and benchmarking program that will officially launch in fall 2017. NPQR is focused on helping laboratories measure and improve quality and performance to improve patient outcomes. This powerful registry captures data measuring adherence to clinical practice guideline recommendations, quality and performance standards, and appropriate use criteria (AUC) for laboratories. NPQR helps laboratories optimize quality and performance and fulfill requirements in several key ways:
- Monitoring appropriate utilization of laboratory testing.
- Improving pre-analytical processes.
- Optimizing turnaround time and critical value reporting.
- Establishing best practices through national and peer group comparisons.
- Assessing analytical and diagnostic accuracy.
- Participating in pay-for-performance programs to meet CMS requirements
Attendees at the ASCP 2017 Annual Meeting can learn about NPQR by visiting booth 701 in the ASCP exhibit hall or by attending a discussion on NPQR on Friday, Sept. 8, from 2:40-4:10 p.m in Grand E (session ASCP9-17). Read a blog about this session by NPQR Medical Director Ali Brown, MD, FASCP, here.
Discover How Your Lab Could Benefit from NPQR
Clinical pathology (CP), anatomic pathology (AP), and combined AP/CP laboratories can all utilize this program to measure and strengthen performance. Designed with laboratory information system (LIS) providers, the Registry supports integration with multiple LIS. Laboratories can participate individually, or as part of a hospital system, reference lab network, or other group entity. Learn more about the selection of ArborMetrix as ASCP’s technology and analytics partner to power NPQR here.
Interested laboratories should complete the form at http://www.ascp.org/NPQRform. For more information, visit https://www.ascp.org/npqr or contact Ali Brown, MD, FASCP, Medical Director, NPQR, at NPQR@ascp.org.