• MIPS 2018—Cost: A Potential Way to Track Resource Use: Clinical Data Registries

    Written By: Chris McDonagh, Cherie McNett, and Jessica Peterson, MD, MPH

    This content was excerpted from EyeNet’s MIPS 2018; also see the Academy’s MIPS hub page


    Looking to the future: A better way to evaluate cost. CMS is statutorily obliged to evaluate MIPS eligible clinicians on their resource use. However, the current cost measures aren’t meaningful measures of ophthalmologists’ resource use; because of that, the measures aren’t actionable for ophthalmology practices.

    In its advocacy to CMS, the Academy has pointed out that the IRIS Registry, along with similar clinical data registries used by other specialties, would provide a better way for physicians and their staff to track and improve resource use.

    Clinical data registries can collect data on resource use. The IRIS Registry, like many other clinical data registries, not only collects your clinical data but also can access your practice’s administrative database. This means that many practice expenses, visits, procedures, preoperative evaluations, lab results, and returns to the operating room could be accurately and completely captured. This would make it possible to appropriately measure resource use for many common ophthalmological diseases and conditions.

    Clinical data registries provide a window on resource use. The IRIS Registry can provide a better way for clinicians to understand what they need to do to keep costs in line and improve their resource use.

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