National Mammography Database (NMD) Features
Modified on: Wed, 13 Sep, 2023 at 10:33 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.
Quarterly reports provide valuable feedback that helps you focus on opportunities to improve the 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.
The ACR launched the NMD Start Status program in 2018 to provide recognition to Corporate Accounts that meet high-quality data submission targets across all their NMD participating facilities. Corporate Accounts that achieve one of three performance categories receive a financial award, applied toward NRDR annual fee as follows:
Corporate Account quarterly feedback reports include an evaluation of screening exam data completeness and provide a breakdown of performance at the Corporate Account level and by each individual Facility as shown in the example report below:
Corporate Accounts that 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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