The American Optometric Association has unveiled the name of its optometric registry that promises to take the profession to the next level of care -— AOA's MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare), powered by Prometheus Research. The registry is an AOA member benefit, but will be available to non members for a fee.
With more data, more access and more quality measurement solutions, AOA's MORE represents a technological milestone in optometry for helping doctors keep up with advances in the ever-changing world of value-driven health care.
Jeff Michaels, O.D., chair of the AOA’s Quality Improvement and Registries Committee, which is overseeing the development of AOA’s MORE, says most doctors are familiar with the concept of cancer registries and AOA's MORE has a comparable goal—to improve patient outcomes in all aspects of eye health and vision care
"Imagine every optometrist in the country being able to collaborate on outcomes for glaucoma management, amblyopia treatment, contact lens-induced ulcers, myopia progression and more using evidence-based outcomes to improve our patient's care instead of waiting years for clinical trials," Dr. Michaels said
"As the primary eye care profession, this is a huge opportunity for optometry and the millions of patients we serve every year.
AOA’s MORE is a secure and easy-to-use data portal that will report to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for increased reimbursements. It will help doctors with clinical improvement solutions and collect data (outcomes and population information). It will be optometry’s collective database of clinical information to support increased access for patients and eventually support scope of care. Only non identifying information recorded, such as diagnosis or visual acuity, will be shown to AOA. The AOA will only see collective data and will not be able to see or obtain any information about specific doctors or patients.
It will help doctors:
- Report clinical quality data to the Physician Quality Reporting System
- Satisfy meaningful use Stage 2 objectives
- Benchmark performance with peers
- Contribute to the profession
Announcement of the optometric registry's name comes as AOA's MORE continues trial testing in select practices nationwide. Developers are currently finalizing EHR vendor agreements, and integration will begin with the three or four most-used vendors, with additional companies following.
AOA's MORE will launch at Optometry's Meeting 2015 in Seattle, WA, June 24-28. Stay tuned for more announcements in the following months regarding the optometric registry.