AOA Registry to Launch at Optometry’s Meeting® 2015

AOA Registry to Launch at Optometry’s Meeting® 2015

Rollout of the AOA's new clinical registry will not only usher in the next chapter of health information technology for the profession, but also offer doctors a vital tool for improving patient outcomes.

"This is a huge opportunity for optometry and the millions of patients we serve every year."

The landmark registry will provide a systematic way of collecting information that enables health care to enhance outcomes, procedures and standards of practice. Plans are to launch it at Optometry's Meeting® 2015 in Seattle, Washington, June 24-28.

"Optometry's registry is a cutting-edge innovation that will launch our profession to the next level of health care," says Jeff Michaels, O.D., AOA Quality Improvement and Registries Committee. "By design, it will help AOA members keep up with the ever-changing landscape of medicine where value-driven health care takes center stage."

4 ways doctors can benefit from an optometric registry
Developed by Prometheus Research™, the registry is essentially a comprehensive database of real-time patient data that can be used for:

  1. Reporting clinical quality data to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows doctors to submit PQRS data via a registry, and has previously said registry-based reporting results in higher reimbursements for PQRS compared to standard paper claims.

  2. Satisfying meaningful use Stage 2 objectives. Three of the six menu set objectives for meaningful use Stage 2 are registry-based. CMS says that reporting to registries is an integral part of improving population and public health, thus their role in meaningful use has expanded.

  3. Benchmarking performance with peers. Registry data for each provider can be used to benchmark him/herself with their peers. How do my populations stack up with my colleagues and where do I stand in reporting of measures and other patient points? This private benchmarking will be for the provider's eye only and can be used for self-measure.

  4. Contributing to the profession. Registries compile real-time data not only to help determine disease prevalence in cumulative patient populations and best treatment options available, but also to provide data useful to AOA advocacy efforts and AOA third party work.

While patient and doctor data is foundational to a registry's success, only nonidentifying information is recorded, such as diagnosis or visual acuity. The AOA, individual patients, insurance companies, licensing boards, regulatory agencies or other groups will not be able to see or obtain any information about specific doctors or patients.

Becoming a reality
Currently undergoing trial testing in select practices nationwide, the registry is nearing completion with developers in the process of finalizing EHR vendor agreements. Optometrists use a variety of EHR brands, and integration will begin with the top 3 to 4 most-used vendors with additional brands following.

"As the primary eye care profession, this is a huge opportunity for optometry and the millions of patients we serve every year," Dr. Michaels says.

Follow aoa.org/news for the latest information and announcements regarding the optometric registry. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the optometric registry.

February 9, 2015

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