The 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, the center the AGA Center for Quality in Practice 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, the AQA Alliance and the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
AGA Digestive Health Recognition ProgramTM
Demonstrate and be recognized for superior quality of care in the treatment of IBD and/or HCV. The program allows participants to submit data for both BTE recognition and the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System.
Program made possible by support from Santarus, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Since beginning its performance measures development work in 2006, the AGA has developed measures around several digestive health conditions and procedures. Measures include:
- AGA Quality and Outcomes Measures
- IBD Measures
- Endoscopy Measures
- Hepatitis C Measures
- Patient Care Experience
- Choosing Wisely®
Latest News from AGA Quarterly: Quality
- Are You Using an EHR to Advance Patient Care?
- CDC Recommends All Baby Boomers Get HCV Test
- More Action Needed with Unsafe Injection Practices
The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
PQRS provides an incentive payment to report data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries.
Tools for GI ASCs – Resources to help you manage your ASC, including information on the ASC quality reporting program, CMS regulations, and pros and cons of ASC ownership.
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.
“A Clean Start” – Priority issues from the AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit.
UpToDate® – An evidence-based decision support resource to help clinicians make the best decisions at the point of care.
Epocrates Products – Point-of-care access to up-to-date information on drugs, diseases and diagnostics.
PDR Network – Register to receive critical drug safety information without delay via PDR Drug Alerts.
RxEvent – Adverse drug events are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S.; if you suspect an adverse drug event report it.