Newswise — BETHESDA, MD, January 2, 2019 – The GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd. (GIQuIC) Registry has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 reporting year. GIQuIC will host an informational webinar on reporting via the GIQuIC 2019 QCDR in February 2019.
“GIQuIC’s continued ability to offer quality reporting to CMS as a benefit of participation in the registry is a strategic imperative. We have maintained QCDR status since its inception in 2014, as it is critical for providers to report on measures that are meaningful to their specialty practice. GIQuIC’s QCDR status allows gastroenterologists to concurrently foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients with gastrointestinal disorders, while being in compliance with reporting requirements,” said Glenn M. Eisen, MD, MPH, FASGE, President of the GIQuIC Board of Directors.
Since 2010, GIQuIC has grown in value as a clinical benchmarking tool for gastroenterology practices, with over 7.5 million colonoscopy cases and growing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved GIQuIC as a QCDR since the 2014 reporting year, facilitating endoscopists’ documentation of compliance with quality measures. Each year, more than 1,000 GIQuIC participants have elected to utilize the GIQuIC QCDR for their quality reporting to CMS.
The 2019 GIQuIC QCDR is approved to report for individual eligible providers, groups and virtual groups to the Quality, Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities performance categories.
Visit giquic.gi.org/qpp.asp to see the list of measures available for reporting to the MIPS Quality performance category via the GIQuIC 2019 QCDR.
For more information on the Medicare Quality Payment Program, visit:
- CMS Quality Payment Program website
- ACG’s National Affairs website
- ASGE’s MACRA Resource Center
- More information on the GIQuIC registry
The GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd. (GIQuIC) is an educational and scientific 501(c)(3) organization established by gastroenterologists, physicians specializing in digestive disorders. GIQuIC is a joint initiative of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). GIQuIC has developed and utilized various measurements of the endoscopic techniques of practicing gastroenterologists, a process referred to as benchmarking. These measures reflect the best science and evidence base for the performance of endoscopic procedures. This national benchmarking project began by measuring data related to common endoscopic procedures employed by gastroenterologists. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that is used to assess the digestive system organs by inserting a tube orally into a patient's stomach or rectally into the patient’s colon. The physician founders of GIQuIC believe that the scientific measurement of the quality of endoscopic procedures will improve the quality of the medical care being given to patients throughout the United States and abroad, and ultimately will improve the quality of public health. For more information about the GIQuIC registry, visit giquic.gi.org.
About the American College of Gastroenterology
Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 14,000 individuals from 85 countries. The College's vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients. The mission of the College is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention and treatment. gi.org. Follow ACG on Twitter @AmCollegeGastro.
About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 14,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.