National Mammography Database (NMD)
Modified on: Mon, 12 Apr, 2021 at 10:24 AM
The American College of Radiology’s National Mammography Database (NMD) is a quality improvement tool that uses data already collected under MQSA federal mandate to create reports that benchmark facility and physician performance and exceed the FDA’s audit data collection requirements. Peer comparisons are available by
facility type (e.g. Academic vs. Community Hospital)
location (e.g. Metropolitan/Suburban/Rural)
census region, and
annual procedure volume
Semiannual reports provide valuable feedback that helps you focus on opportunities to improve quality of care. Reports include preliminary data on exams with less than 365 days of follow-up to help facilitate timely corrections and modifications.
All NRDR registries are certified as PQI projects toward American Board of Radiology Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit.
In Q3 of 2018, ACR launched the NMD Start Status program to provide recognition for meeting high-quality data submission targets. Facilities also receive financial incentives, applied toward NRDR annual fees, if they reach one of the three possible status levels:
NMD quarterly feedback reports will include participants’ evaluation of completeness of screening exam data and identify their NMD Star Status (if applicable). The criteria for Year 1 of the program are listed, below:
Participants who achieve NMD Star Status will also receive a certificate indicating their NMD Star Status for use in marketing programs to highlight their screening quality.
Ease of Use and Fees
As part of the NRDR suite of registries NMD utilizes the same Patient, Physician and User dictionaries as other NRDR registries so that information need only be entered once, regardless of the number of registries in which a facility participates.
Participants submit data to the registry through the registry’s data file upload process. Data files can be created using NMD-Certified software or by exporting and converting a file to the NMD format.
The annual participation fee for NMD is based on the number of radiologists interpreting mammography images at a facility and the number of sites included in that facility.
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