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Benefits of Participation

Improved Quality of Care and Patient Management

The IRISTM Registry is primarily a clinical self-improvement tool. It will allow ophthalmologists to compare their patient outcomes, professional performance and care processes against other ophthalmologists across the country. The IRISTM Registry will be able to measure the continuum of care from initial patient contact, through intervention and follow up.

  • Improve Patient Care
    Monitor patient interactions, track interventions, identify and address gaps in quality of care, and measure quality outcomes.
  • Manage Patient Populations
    Proactively manage clinical conditions for entire patient populations by running reports on specific care criteria.
  • Benchmark Your Practice
    Identify practice strengths and weaknesses using the IRISTM Registry's ophthalmology-specific clinical data from other practices to compare to the performance and outcomes data of your practice. Run quality reports on demand, providing clinician- and practice-level results, plus national results and patient-level detail for all IRISTM Registry measures.
  • Enhance Quality and Practice Efficiency
    Use the IRISTM Registry data to analyze practice processes and procedures and as a source for fact-based decision-making. Because the IRISTM Registry will capture data over time at the individual and practice level, it will help practices efficiently manage patient care and optimize practice resources.
  • Join a Community of Quality
    Become a member of a like-minded community of quality-driven professionals striving to continuously improve patient care. Interact with your peers to create opportunities for sharing quality improvement strategies and broaden your professional network.

Streamline Quality Reporting

The IRISTM Registry will provide an immediate benefit to participating practices by making it easier to report to the federal Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

  • Participate in Quality Reporting and Incentive Programs
    The IRISTM Registry has receive approval as a certified EHR Technology vendor, allowing physicians who participate in the IRISTM Registry to qualify for the 0.5 percent PQRS bonus payment and avoid the 2 percent PQRS penalty on 2016 Medicare payments. IRISTM Registry participants who elect PQRS reporting will also avoid ongoing Medicare payment penalties that are linked to PQRS reporting, such as the value-based modifier. 

    The IRISTM Registry automates extraction of EHR data, therefore there is less work required for the participating physician or practice. For those utilizing a certified EHR (certified to be used in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs), submission of data through the IRISTM Registry also satisfy the requirement to report clinical quality measures (CQMs) for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program (meaningful use), as well as stage 2 menu objective to report to a specialized registry.

The Academy's Qualified Clinical Data Registry, the IRISTM Registry, will collect 2014 PQRS eye care measures, all except for the cataracts measures group.

Additional Benefits

Over time, the IRISTM registry will potentially include elements to help ophthalmologists meet Maintenance of Certification requirements. Aggregate data also will be used by the Academy to identify topics and practice areas around which CME activities could be developed.

In addition, the data entered by ophthalmology practices nationwide – when taken in aggregate – will support the Academy's advocacy effort to establish fair valuation for ophthalmic services. Medical societies with patient registries have discovered the tremendous power behind data-driven arguments on the advocacy front.