AOA MORE enrollment soars, participants benefit

AOA MORE enrollment soars, participants benefit

Swelling enrollment numbers show more than 6,500 active AOA-member doctors already have taken advantage of their newest member benefit, using it to meet existing and future reporting requirements. 

"AOA MORE is a critical tool for meeting quality measures that will be linked to reimbursements going forward."

AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) by Prometheus Research, is not only a critical tool for analyzing clinical outcomes and promoting quality care, but also an indispensable reporting resource for meeting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') EHR Incentive Program and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures. And members clearly recognize these benefits.

Thousands of AOA-member doctors could demonstrate active engagement in a specialized data registry for the 2016 EHR Incentive Program year (reporting in 2017)—meeting the meaningful use public health objective for specialized registry reporting—thanks to their enrollment in AOA MORE.

The immediate response from doctors of optometry to AOA MORE reflects the profession's determination to maintain a leading-edge role in patient care and to be a force into the future on health care quality improvement.  AOA MORE's launch totals already compare favorably with other specialties' registries.  The American Academy of Ophthalmology's IRIS® Registry launched in March of 2014 and has just over 10,000 physicians enrolled almost two years later. With over 6,500 doctors of optometry fully engaged with AOA MORE in just 10 months AOA MORE's  growth has been especially rapid.

"The response from our members has been nothing short of stunning. Over 6,500 of our active member doctors have already taken advantage of this member benefit," says AOA President Steven A. Loomis, O.D. "I am so very proud and appreciative of the AOA staff and volunteers who made this possible. The creation and rollout of AOA MORE in such a short time period has been an exceptional example of focus, dedication and old-fashioned, hard work."

Dr. Loomis adds: "Looking to the future, AOA MORE will be a critical tool for meeting quality measures that will be linked to improved patient care and reimbursements going forward."

Haven't enrolled in AOA MORE yet? Here's what you need to know.

5 things to do once you're enrolled
Enrolling in AOA MORE is only half of the equation; it's time to start using the registry. Jeffrey Michaels, O.D., AOA Quality Improvement and Registries Committee chair, offers five things to consider once you're an AOA MORE user:

  1. Continue traditional PQRS reporting for now. Continue traditional, claims-based PQRS reporting or EHR-based reporting until AOA MORE has finalized its PQRS capabilities later this year. Members will know they can use AOA MORE for PQRS when there are 9 PQRS measures on their AOA MORE dashboard.
  2. AOA MORE usefulness will grow. As a first-time AOA MORE user, members will see demographic information on their practice, limited PQRS measures and other features, including the most common medications in their practice. The available feedback information in AOA MORE will expand over the next several months to include outcomes measures, expanded PQRS and additional information. The first release will look much improved after the next iterations in 2016 and 2017.
  3. AOA-hosted registry webinars. Be on the lookout for AOA-hosted registry webinars that teach members more about the functions of AOA MORE.
  4. Update your EHR to the latest version. AOA MORE is incumbent on you staying up to date with the latest versions of your EHR software, so stay on top of EHR vendor updates.
  5. Know what data fields in your EHR populate your PQRS measures. AOA MORE streamlines how doctors report PQRS, as this process will be automated by the EHR and AOA MORE working together. Specific data fields in your EHR are responsible for populating the AOA MORE PQRS measures. By filing in specific parts of your EHR data fields, it will trigger the appropriate PQRS measure. The component responsible for AOA MORE PQRS calculations is called "eCQM." Be sure to get the eCQM reports from your EHR vendor so you know which specific data field in your EHR is responsible for each corresponding PQRS measure. It will vary by EHR vendor.

Medicare is emphasizing registry use in its new payment model that begins for doctors of optometry in 2019, emphasizing meaningful use, PQRS, using a registry and costs of providing care, says Dr. Michaels. Therefore, using AOA MORE will allow doctors of optometry to more easily participate in that new payment model going forward.

"We are excited to bring our membership this opportunity to stay on the cusp of a health care paradigm that is changing—one that emphasizes value-driven health care by doctors of optometry and all other physicians," Dr. Michaels says.

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March 3, 2016

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