• IRIS45: Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Loss of Visual Acuity


    Updated January 2021. Note, 2021 changes are indicated in red.

    Care Setting: Ambulatory Care: Clinician Office/Clinic

    Reporting Options: 

    • IRIS Registry QCDR for EHR: groups and individuals
    • IRIS Registry QCDR manual data entry: groups and individuals

    Measure Type: Outcome

    NQS Domain: Effective Clinical Care

    Meaningful Measure Area: Promote Effective Prevention & Treatment of Chronic Disease

    Description: Percentage of patients with a diagnosis of exudative age-related macular degeneration, being treated with anti-VEGF agents, with a loss of less than 3 Snellen lines (which is equivalent to less than 0.3 logMar) of visual acuity within the past 12 months. First performance rate used for reporting.

    Risk Adjusted: No 
    Performance Rate: 2, and first rate used for reporting 
    High Priority Measure: Yes 
    Inverse Measure: No
    Proportional Measure

    To Which Patients Does the Measure Apply?

    RATE 1: To be used for reporting

    Denominator: All patients aged 50 years or older with a diagnosis of exudative age-related macular degeneration and documentation of laterality (OD, OS, OU) with 5 or more treatments with Anti-VEGF Agents over the reporting year.

    Rate 2: To be used for quality improvement and population health purposes only

    Denominator: All patients aged 50 years of older with a diagnosis of exudative age-related macular degeneration and documentation of laterality (OD, OS, OU) with 1 to 4 treatments with Anti-VEGF Agents over the reporting year

    There are three criteria for inclusion of a patient into the denominator.

    1. Patient characteristics: Description located in “Denominator” (see above)
    2. Diagnosis codes (ICD-10-CM): Codes located in “Diagnosis Codes”
    3. Procedure codes (CPT and HCPCS): Codes located in “CPT Codes” 

    Diagnosis Codes

    • Exudative age-related macular degeneration (ICD-10: H35.3210, H35.3211, H35.3220, H35.3221, H35.3230, H35.3231)

    CPT Codes

    Treatment with Anti-VEGF agents

    • Bevacizumab (Avastin®) injections (CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: J9035; CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: J3490; CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: J3590; CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: C9257; CPT: 67028 & HCPCS: J7999; CPT: 67028 & HCPCS: Q5107)
    • Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) injections (CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: J2778)
    • Aflibercept (EYLEA®) injections (CPT: 67028 and HCPCS: J0178)

    How to Report the Measure

    Numerator: Patients with two or more recorded visual acuity values within the past 12 months, at least one visual acuity value recorded prior to treatment, at least one visual acuity value recorded after treatment; loss of visual acuity less than 3 Snellen lines (less than or equal to 0.3 logMar). Visual acuity of the eye(s) being treated will be evaluated.

    Notes: Loss of less than three Snellen lines would be calculated as follows:

    From 20/20 to 20/25 or 20/32 would be considered less than 3 Snellen lines of loss, from 20/20 to 20/40 or greater would be considered 3 Snellen lines of loss
    From 20/40 to 20/50 or 20/63 would be considered less than 3 Snellen lines of loss, from 20/40 to 20/80 or greater would be considered 3 Snellen lines of loss
    From 20/50 to 20/63 or 20/80 would be considered less than 3 Snellen lines of loss, from 20/50 to 20/100 or greater would be considered 3 Snellen lines of loss
    From 20/80 to 20/100 or 20/125 would be considered less than 3 Snellen lines of loss, from 20/80 to 20/160 or great would be considered 3 Snellen lines of loss

     The chart shows the conversion of logMAR and Snellen visual acuity (formerly the measure was < 0.3 logMar which is equivalent to less than 3 Snellen Lines)

    Visual Acuity Conversion Table

    Feet

    LogMar

    20/200

    1.00

    20/160

    0.90

    20/125

    0.80

    20/100

    0.70

    20/80

    0.60

    20/63

    0.50

    20/50

    0.40

    20/40

    0.30

    20/32

    0.20

    20/25

    0.10

    20/20

    0.00

    20/16

    -0.10

    20/12.5

    -0.20

    20/10

    -0.30

     

    How CMS Scores Your Performance

    No scoring benchmark currently exists for this measure.

    • If you successfully report a measure for less than 70 percent of your patients, you will earn points based on your practice size:
      • Small practices (≤ 15 clinicians) will receive 3 points,
      • Larger practices (> 15 clinicians) will receive 0 points.
    • If you successfully report a measure for at least 70 percent of your patients, but do not report at least 20 cases, you will receive 3 points.

    If at least 20 physicians report the measure on at least 70 percent of qualifying patients and at least 20 patients, CMS will develop a scoring benchmark using data collected during the 2020 reporting year.

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    This measure has been developed by the H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr. MD Center for Quality Eye Care of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The measure is not a clinical guideline and does not establish a medical standard. It has not been tested in all possible applications.

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