• Benefits of Participation

  • With the IRIS® Registry, ophthalmologists can compare their patient outcomes, professional performance and care processes against other ophthalmologists across the country. The IRIS® 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 IRIS® 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 IRIS Registry measures.
    • Enhance quality and practice efficiency - Use the IRIS® Registry data to analyze practice processes and procedures and as a source for fact-based decision-making. Because the IRIS® 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

    As a certified EHR Technology vendor, the IRIS® Registry makes it easier to report to the federal Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

    • Save time: The IRIS® Registry automates extraction of EHR data, reducing work for the participating physician or practice.
    • Avoid penalties: Physicians who participate in the IRIS® Registry can use it to avoid the 4 percent MIPS penalty on 2019 Medicare payments.
    • Qualify for small bonus: For those using an EHR system certified for the MIPS program, you can report the quality, advancing care information, and improvement activity components through the IRIS® Registry. Participating for a minimum of 90 days qualifies physicians to compete for a small bonus.

    Long-Term Benefits

    Over time, the IRIS® 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.