2014-09-02 19:28:48 UTC

Avoid CMS PQRS Penalties by Using the AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program

Sept. 2, 2014

The AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP™) is a CMS qualified quality improvement program and clinical data registry that allows clinicians to demonstrate and be recognized for superior quality of care in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), hepatitis C (HCV) and colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and surveillance and in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

CMS ruled that providers who do not successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in the 2014 reporting year will have their Medicare reimbursement decreased by 2 percent in 2016. DHRP offers eligible professionals a cost-effective online tool for collecting and reporting quality measures data under the CMS PQRS incentive program.

Eligible BTE applicants include MDs, DOs, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have treated at least 25 IBD patients over the last 12 months.

For the CRC module applicants must report on nine quality measures across three National Quality Strategy domains, including an outcomes measure, for 50 percent of their Medicare Part B fee-for-service patients. For the HCV or IBD modules, applicants must report on at least 20 HCV or IBD patient overall (including 11 unique Medicare Part B fee-for-service patients billed to CMS in 2014).


Reporting Option


Report on nine measures for 50% of eligible patients


Report on four measures for 20 eligible patients


Report on eight measures for 20 eligible patients

AGA members pay only $300 per disease state. Non-AGA members are welcome to participate for a fee of $550 per disease state.To enroll or learn more, visit www.agarecognition.org, email recognition@gastro.org or call 301-272-1192.

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