Quality

AGA supports gastroenterologists in providing high quality care via improved patient outcomes, increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness. AGA has been instrumental in assuring that GI has a place at the table concerning quality, influencing the national agenda through membership and participation in the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and other national organizations.

AGA is expanding its quality improvement efforts to support gastroenterologists in rapidly changing practice and reimbursement environments by focusing on quality improvement that meets the reporting requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which was established under MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act). MIPS replaces the Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-Based Modifier and Meaningful Use programs and includes four components:

  • Quality (performance measures),
  • Improvement Activities,
  • Advancing Care Information, and
  • Costs

Resources can be found at AGA’s MACRA resource page, which provided detailed information about MACRA programs. As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases new implementation guidance, AGA will provide additional information about IT tools available to gastroenterologists to meet specific requirements for MIPS reporting. Visit the AGA Community MACRA section to engage with your colleagues to explore MACRA topics, including implementation in your practice.

Educate Yourself

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.