Quality

AGA is committed long-term to the issue of quality and to demonstrating how gastroenterologists can enhance their value via improved outcomes and increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness. As part of its commitment to quality, AGA has been instrumental in assuring that GI has a place at the table concerning quality, influencing the national agenda through membership and active participation in the National Quality Forum.

Educate Yourself

 

Digestive Health Recognition Program

The AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP) is a quality improvement program and clinical data registry that allows clinicians to demonstrate quality of care in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and surveillance and in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and IBD.

 

Federal Quality Programs

Physician Quality Reporting Program (PQRS)

PQRS is a voluntary quality reporting program that applies a negative payment adjustment to promote the reporting of quality.

Value-Based Modifier

After reporting on outcome measures via the PQRS, CMS will assign practices to quality and cost tiers, which will affect reimbursement.

Meaningful Use

"Meaningfully" use EHRs to achieve specified objectives and avoid payment cuts. 

PQRS & Value-Based Modifier Tool

Implementation guide for registry-based reporting for the IBD and HCV Measures Group.

Choosing Wisely

AGA is proud to have helped the ABIM Foundation launch the Choosing Wisely® campaign by releasing a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” Since the launch, the campaign has grown to include 26 influential specialty societies, more than 55 peer-reviewed journal articles have been published about the campaign’s quality recommendations, and media stories have reached millions of patients.

 

Additional Resources

ASC Safe Surgery Checklist – Printable checklist to comply with ASC quality measures requirements.

National Quality Strategy – HHS strategy to improve: the delivery/affordability of health care services, patient health outcomes and patient health.

CMS Framework for Measurement – CMS developed a framework for measurement that maps to the six HHS National Quality Strategy priorities. 

Epocrates Products – Point-of-care access to up-to-date information on drugs, diseases and diagnostics.

CDC Infection Control Guidelines

UpToDate® – An evidence-based decision support resource to help clinicians make the best decisions at the point of care.