What is SCOR?
SCOR is a clinical outcomes registry for ambulatory anesthesia that collects a core dataset on every patient. The primary intent of the database is to assist SAMBA members in obtaining benchmark information about their practice, with specific reference to quality outcomes and to national performance indicators.
Effective December 1, 2014, SAMBA transitioned the management of the registry to Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI). The SCOR data will be maintained separately and securely and marketed and branded as a new ambulatory module under NACOR.
Data collected in SCOR is de-identified and HIPAA compliant. Provider data is entered in a coded fashion. The information collected includes the following:
Case and discharge times, and PQRS information, are available for participants who wish to use these options.
SCOR participants are able to view standard monthly reports, both tabular and graphic, which show their case breakdown and performance, with comparison to the overall results. Users can access their own center information at any time, and download data into a spreadsheet as desired. Centers can also create custom queries about a specific patient cohort. View examples of SCOR reports and how SCOR can be used.
Current participants in SCOR range from solo practitioners to large groups, private and academic practices, and the spectrum of practice locations (office-based, freestanding ASCs, and hospital-based ambulatory).
Outcome data collection and transparent review with practitioners has supported focused improvement of clinical and process systems. This in turn can lead to significant gains in quality of care, as well as in patient, family and staff experience.
In addition to learning about your practice and finding/tracking opportunities for improvement, SCOR allows you to show your value. Increasingly, anesthesia providers have to compete for contracts and for case volume. Having objective documentation of your outcomes is a positive step you can take in the current competitive environment.
Participation in a national database is already a performance measure in some specialties and may become one for anesthesiology. SCOR participants can use the database framework to meet internal professional practice evaluation requirements, as well as to develop a practice improvement activity for external requirements like MOCA.
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