In order for the American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) to deliver optimal value to Academy members, including quality improvement and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting, it must aggregate valid data from electronic health records (EHR) systems that are secure and reliable, and that share comprehensive data in a timely and well-organized manner.
Together, the Academy and Verana Health continue to offer participation in the IRIS Registry at no charge to Academy members. Verana Health is working with each EHR system vendor and each practice to connect the EHR data with the IRIS Registry and configure the data connections and mappings for all quality measures with nearly 30 EHR systems. We call this process integration, and it allows us to provide complete data that supports accurate quality feedback and MIPS reporting for your practice.
If you do not see your EHR system in the list below, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EHR Systems Eligible for Integration
athenaPractice (formerly GE Centricity)
eClinicalWorks (local server)
EyeMD EMR 2.0
Modernizing Medicine EMA
Nextech IntelleChartPRO (MDIntellesys)
Communicating With Verana Health
Verana Health has reached out to all participating practices regarding the transition. If you have not yet heard from Verana Health it may be because it does not have your current contact information. Send an email to email@example.com with any contact updates.
Each practice will work with a Verana Health onboarding team that will support your practice before, during and after the transition. Emails will come from addresses ending in @veranahealth.com. Please add this domain to your safe senders list in your email system.
If you have any questions or need support, reach out to your Practice Experience Manager directly, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.837.2621.
Ineligible EHR Systems
Integration is a demanding and exacting process that is costly and time consuming to do correctly. Our efforts have been highly successful with many EHR systems, particularly the ones used by the vast majority of ophthalmic practices.
After this transition, some EHR systems (used by a small percent of participating practices) cannot be supported, given the difficulties in maintaining and integrating many different EHR systems. Several of these EHR systems have never been integrated with the IRIS Registry due to technical or financial considerations.
EHR systems that do not meet certain criteria are ineligible for integration with the IRIS Registry via Verana Health. These criteria may include:
- 2015 Edition ONC Health IT Certification
- HITRUST CSF Certification
- Acceptable data format, data quality, integration solution and security
- Shares sufficient data in a timely manner
- Free registry integration and hosting (no one-time or recurring fees)
- Low volume of practices or ophthalmologists participating in the IRIS Registry
Quality Measures Dashboard and MIPS Reporting Schedule
New IRIS Registry quality measures dashboards are being rolled out to practices starting May 2022. The rollout is expected to continue through summer 2023 and is based on your EHR system.
If you change your EHR system, please send an email to email@example.com since this may change your expected dashboard rollout date.
MIPS Reporting Alternatives
You may be able to report MIPS data directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) using QRDA III files provided by your EHR vendor; check with them about their availability to do this, their success rate and any charges.
Other Qualified Clinical Data Registries and Qualified Registries you may be eligible to use for reporting are listed on CMS’ website, including FIGmd’s Polaris Registry which is available to practices not participating in its specialty registry.
If your practice has questions, please contact the Verana Health Practice Experience Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices that participate in the IRIS Registry, via manual entry, may continue to do so via Verana Health through 2023 and report MIPS via Verana Health. If your practice has questions, contact Verana Health at email@example.com.