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  • 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. You can even complete an improvement project that counts toward requirements for maintenance of certification and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.
    • Manage patient populations - Proactively manage clinical conditions for entire patient populations by running reports on specific care criteria. Additionally, Verana Practice Insights provides a deidentified aggregate view on physician practice trends across the United States and empowers physicians to examine their own data and trends in patient outcomes and care.
      • 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.
        • Compare yourself to a national pool of more than 18,000 participating ophthalmologists.
      • Enhance quality and practice efficiency - Use the IRIS®Registry data to analyze practice processes and procedures and make fact-based decisions. Evaluate your performance on 30 subspecialty outcome and high priority measures available only in the IRIS Registry.*
      • 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.

    *Measure data can be electronically extracted as long as your EHR system has the subspecialty fields of interest for measurement.

    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 9 percent MIPS penalty on 2022 Medicare payments.
    • Qualify for small bonus: For those using an EHR system certified for the MIPS program, you can report the quality, promoting interoperability, and improvement activity components through the IRIS® The IRIS Registry includes ophthalmology-related quality measures and improvement activities. Additionally, EHR-integrated IRIS Registry users can attest to the Clinical Data Registry Reporting measure under the Promoting Interoperability category as well as several QCDR specific improvement activities under the Improvement Activities category. Fully participating in MIPS qualifies physicians to compete for a small bonus. According to preliminary data, ophthalmologists who reported MIPS in 2018 using the IRIS Registry had an average score of 83 out of 100 points. Furthermore, 82% met the superior performance threshold of 70 points.  Among EHR-integrated IRIS Registry users, 96% received a score that makes them eligible for an exceptional performance bonus.

    Long-Term Benefits

    Aggregate data is used by the Academy to identify topics and practice areas around which CME activities could be developed in the future.

    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.


  • What Physicians Are Saying About the IRIS Registry

    Clifford W. Brooks III, MD

    Conner Smith Eye Center, Indiana

    Clifford BrooksThe IRIS® Registry is helping us use our EHR system to its full potential. It has specifically allowed us to better track important metrics regarding how well we follow our patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Having the data meaningfully extracted directly from our EHR has been a substantial time-saver and allows us to drill down and identify specific patients whose record indicates an action item.

    Having this information in the context of a specialty-specific registry is of particular value to me, as I can quickly compare my data with that of my peers across the country, and I can identify gaps, trends, and more.

    Having the data at my fingertips allows me to share it with the other team members at my office. I can quickly relay items that we need to work on, such as firming up our “close the loop” protocols for referrals and for communication with primary care providers, particularly for patients who need ongoing care and management of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

    Improved communication between physicians in my experience trickles down to better patient compliance. Patients know that we are sharing information from each eye exam back to their primary care provider.

    It’s also exciting to know that data from my personal practice patterns are already being used to advance knowledge and public health through research of IRIS Registry data.