The Guideline Advantage receives certification for Medicare reporting

Healthcare providers can use the program for PQRS reporting

June 02, 2014 Categories: Program News

DALLAS, June 2, 2014 ― The Guideline Advantage™, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, has received a certification that will allow doctors to use it for reporting specific quality information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

     On Friday, May 30, CMS certified The Guideline Advantage as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for its Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), a reporting program that gives healthcare providers incentives for reporting healthcare quality improvement measures.

     The Guideline Advantage targets the nation’s most chronic health conditions that share many similar risk factors—cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease― with the goal to improve prevention and treatment in the outpatient setting. Healthcare providers use the program to share best practices and compare their practice performance to regional and national benchmarks. More than 481,000 patients have been seen in more than 70 practices since January 2013.

The federal designation means healthcare providers who participate in the program do not have to submit multiple reports on their quality information and upload this data to different systems.

      “This new designation means less reporting requirements for healthcare providers, reducing the burden on these practices and allowing them to focus their time and energies on improving patient care,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chairperson of The Guideline Advantage committee. “Now the responsibility for submitting quality measures or information to these key reporting systems falls to the program, not the physician.”

      In addition, the new designation means:

  •  Providers are eligible for CMS incentives for reporting their data.
  • The data captured by The Guideline Advantage makes it easier for physicians to submit for incentives allowed under the Medicare Part B program.
  • Any provider who uses an Electronic Health Record can participate.
  • Providers can submit their quality information to CMS across multiple payers (health insurers) not limited to Medicare beneficiaries.


      The Guideline Advantage uses the technology of Forward Health Group to collect, analyze and provide feedback on adherence to treatment guidelines and quality improvement measures. Working with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) from practices across the country, the program helps healthcare providers capture information that can be used for quality improvement efforts and for future research in cancer, diabetes and heart disease.


About The Guideline Advantage

The Guideline Advantage is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association to develop and pursue strategies for the prevention and early detection of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. For all services and benefits information, visit

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at


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