Delivering high-quality patient care is paramount to rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Implementation of evidence-based medicine and ongoing practice assessment/improvement help rheumatologists provide the best care possible. The American College of Rheumatology develops, tests, and endorses rheumatology quality measures that are clinically meaningful and relevant to rheumatologists and others who care for rheumatic disease patients. Learn more:
- 2023 RISE Registry Qualified Clinical Data Registry Quality Measures
This summary PDF details quality measures available for quality performance tracking in the 2023 performance year via the ACR RISE registry. Updated annually.
Learn more about the RISE registry.
- Methods for Developing the ACR’s Electronic Clinical Quality Measures
This ACR paper outlines the methodological approach the ACR uses for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development. Published October 2016.
- ACR White Paper on Performance Outcome Measures in Rheumatology
This ACR paper highlights the opportunities and challenges of developing and implementing performance outcome measures in rheumatology for accountability purposes. Published October 2016.
Quality Measurement Implementation Guide
In 2023, the ACR released its first implementation guide, the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Measures Toolkit. In this toolkit, you will find succinct summaries of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) disease activity and physical function recommendations pertaining to RA measures. The toolkit includes sample workflows, foreign language translations, implementation examples and testimonials, and resources.
Disease Activity and Functional Status Assessments
Routine assessments of disease activity and functional status are a key part of high-quality rheumatologic care. The ACR endorses five rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity measures, as well as three RA functional status assessment measures for use in routine clinical practice.
- AS28 CRP online calculator (after clicking online calculator, select DAS28-CRP from the drop-down menu)
- Electronic calculator for DAS28 CRP
- DAS28 ESR online calculator (after clicking online calculator, select DAS28 from the drop-down menu)
- Electronic calculator for DAS28 ESR
- Disease activity score sheet from a member (items submitted by members have been provided voluntarily for other members to use in their practices)
For more information about these measures, contact P.L. C.M. van Riel.
The MDHAQ™ and the RAPID3™ are protected by copyright and owned by Theodore Pincus, MD. All requests for permission must be made in writing, in advance of intended use. For more information about these measures, contact Theodore Pincus, MD.