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New! AGA Introduces DHRP Modules for CRC Screening and Prevention

June 19, 2014

The AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP) now includes a colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and prevention module, as well as modules for IBD and HCV care.

The AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP) now includes a colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and prevention module.

U.S. clinicians can demonstrate their superior quality care, qualify for payor incentives, avoid CMS penalties and earn American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points through one program. Enroll in the DHRP, made possible by support from Santarus, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

AGA developed DHRP, a gastroenterology quality improvement initiative, to provide clinicians a one-stop solution also capable of submitting data for quality:

  • Use DHRP to report to CMS PQRS.
    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. The new AGA CRC Screening and Surveillance Registry in collaboration with CECity is a CMS-approved qualified clinical data registry that allows you to successfully participate in PQRS. Eligible professionals can earn a 2014 PQRS incentive by reporting on a minimum of nine measures, including one outcome measure, covering three National Quality Strategy domains for at least 50 percent of the eligible professional’s applicable patients seen during the 2014 participation period.
  • Use DHRP to help negotiate with payors.
    More and more payors are developing tiered payment systems through which physicians who demonstrate value receive higher reimbursement. Prove that you provide superior quality of care to patients with CRC, IBD and/or HCV. Enter your data and submit to Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute’s Bridges to Excellence program and you may be rewarded with recognition. Payors receive a list of recognized physicians. Use your recognition to negotiate better reimbursement rates. 
  • Use DHRP to gain ABIM MOC points.
    ABIM recently implement changes to its certification requirements. Now physicians must complete at least one MOC activity every two years to count toward the 100 MOC points needed every five years. At least 20 of the points must be in self-evaluation of practice performance. Through DHRP, you can receive the quality measure results needed to complete a self-directed practice improvement module and earn 20 ABIM MOC points.
Module Reporting Option Cost
CRC Report on nine measures for 50% of eligible patients $300 for AGA members
$550 for nonmembers
HCV Report on four measures for 20 eligible patients $300 for AGA members
$550 for nonmembers
IBD Report on eight measures for 20 eligible patients $300 for AGA members
$550 for nonmembers

Get started today. For all of these benefits, AGA members pay only $300. Non-AGA members are welcome to participate for a fee of $550. For more information and to enroll, please visit www.agarecognition.org.

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