Quality Resources

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 Roadmap to the Future of GI Toolbox 

Review practical, easy-to-use information to help improve the care you provide to patients and demonstrate your value to payors.

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AGA Quality Improvement Timeline

Understand the impact of federal requirements on quality and reimbursement. View a timeline to help your practice prepare.

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AGA Digestive Health Recognition ProgramTM

Avoid CMS penalties and demonstrate superior quality of care in the treatment of IBD, HCV and/or CRC screening and surveillance. The program allows participants to submit data for Bridges to Excellence (BTE) IBD recognition, CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and ABIM Practice Improvement Modules. 

Program made possible by support from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

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Performance Measures

Since beginning its performance measures development work in 2006, the AGA has developed measures around several digestive health conditions and procedures. Measures include:

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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.

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Additional Resources

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.

CDC Infection Control Guidelines

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.