Pediatric IBD Initial Measures Available for Public Comment

February 21, 2013

A joint working group from AGA and the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) has developed a draft set of quality measures for pediatric IBD, and are seeking review and feedback. All comments will be reviewed by the working group and considered carefully in preparing the final measure set.

Several years ago, AGA developed an adult IBD measure set. The AGA-NASPGHAN working group was created to review the adult measure set and determine which measures would be appropriate for pediatric use, which measures would be appropriate with minor modifications, and to explore whether any pediatric-specific measures were needed. The working group consisted of pediatric and adult gastroenterologists, a surgeon, a general pediatrician, payors, parents and a representative from the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. The group met via a series of conference calls and a one-day face-to-face meeting.

The draft measure set includes six measures. Of these, the first four are identical to, or include minor modifications of, the AGA adult IBD measures. The last two measures are new, pediatric-specific measures.

The 30-day public comment period opens on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. ET, and will close on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. ET. These measures have been developed by the societies with the goal of improving the quality of care and health outcomes for pediatric patients with IBD.

The final measure set will be intended to evaluate physician performance for the purpose of accountability, including use in various incentive programs or recognition programs. After endorsement by AGA and NASPGHAN, the organizations will seek out partners (i.e. payors, accountability organizations) to utilize these measures.

Review measures and provide your comments.

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