Help Psychiatry Develop Quality Measures for Effective Care

A federal government grant has given APA and psychiatrists the opportunity to develop & test quality measurements for behavioral health care and improve patient outcomes.

Quality Measures Initiative

Join APA in the development of new quality measures with PsychPRO and receive:

  • A small honorarium for your efforts ($500)
  • A tablet computer for easy patient online portal access to complete required assessments
  • For APA non-members, free registration for the registry
  • Acknowledgement in publications and white papers
  • And more

Email registry@psych.org to join

About the Quality Measures Initiative

To develop quality measures that are clinically meaningful, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offered grants to get input from clinicians. One of CMS' highest priority areas for new measure development is mental health and substance use disorders.

APA was one of seven organizations awarded a grant. With this grant, APA will develop behavioral health quality measures that are meaningful to clinicians and patients alike, by seeking crucial input from psychiatrists and other mental health providers across the country. For detailed information about the Initaitive, click here.

Your Participation Makes a Difference

Your participation in PsychPRO and this quality measures initiative will help us develop and improve quality measures for mental health and substance use disorders. APA will focus on the following domains:

  • measurement-based care and patient-reported outcomes,
  • measures of appropriate use of services,
  • recovery and functional status, and
  • care experience.

Measures developed with this grant will help minimize the burden of measurement and eliminate redundancies and low-value quality measures from CMS' quality reporting programs.

Benefits for Participation

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 authorized CMS to provide incentives that encourage physicians to focus on quality, value of care and patient health, including:

  • A tablet computer for your practice so that you and your patients can easily access the online portal to complete the required assessments;
  • If you do not have an EHR, the ability to collect 2019 QPP quality data;
  • If you are a non-APA member, free, no-fee registration;
  • A small honorarium for your efforts ($500); and
  • Acknowledgement of support in journal and white paper publications.
  • An interactive dashboard to drill-down to patient-level information and for data comparisons to assess QI initiatives.
  • Access to patient-reported outcome data in real-time via a portal to engage patients and help in the planning and follow-up of their care.
    • Currently: DSM-5 Cross-cutting measure, PHQ-9, GAD-7, Audit-C, PROMIS – Pain, NIDA – Assist, WHODAS 2.0, Child/Adult ADHD, IQ Code.
    • Planned: PROMIS Toolkit, Falls, Cognitive measures, and many more.
Who Can Participate?

All behavioral health providers across the United States, including those in solo practices, small and large group practices, health care systems, and academic institutions.

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Contact Us

If you have additional questions you are invited to contact us at registry@psych.org.

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