GIQuIC includes 1M+ AmSurg center records: 5 key notes

AmSurg has contributed more than 1 million records to the GI Quality Improvement Consortium quality registry.

"Reaching this milestone is testimony to the commitment that our physician partners and AmSurg have made to advancing the quality of care provided to our patients," said Kathy Wilson, vice president of quality for AmSurg. Here are five key notes on GIQuIC:

1. The American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy took over Sentara Healthcare's pilot project to collect colonoscopy quality indicator data in 2009 and the registry became GIQuIC.

2. The registry overall hit 1 million colonoscopy cases in November 2014 and by May 2016 had more than 3 million cases included in the database. There are more than 4,000 providers participating in GIQuIC — a quarter of all gastroenterologists in the United States.

3. The registry allows participants to benchmark their endoscopy facilities against others with real-time procedure-related data. The registry can also help clinicians with data reporting requirements — it has been approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for individual eligible provider reporting to the Physician Quality Reporting Systems.

4.  Glenn M. Eisen, MD, a staff physician at Oregon Clinic-West Hills Gastroenterology in Portland, is president and chair of the board of directors of GIQuIC.

5. GIQuIC includes 11 colonoscopy measures and 12 EGD measures.

"The combination of data analytics and aligned quality objectives will position AmSurg and affiliated gastroenterology partners for true value-based opportunities," said Eric Thrailkill, chief information officer of AmSurg.

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