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gMed Adopts New Metrics Recommended by Gastroenterology Societies

December 4, 2014
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gMed To Immediately Adopt Revised Colonoscopy Metrics Recommended by the ACG and ASGE and supported by the AGA.

Earlier today, the ASGE/ACG Task Force on Quality in Endoscopy, a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), has updated the quality metrics related to common GI procedures.

The following priority metrics, for colonoscopy, were suggested:

  1. Measure III: Utilization of appropriate repeat colonoscopy intervals      Goals: >90%
  2. Measure VII: Documentation of the cecum (via standard cecal landmarks) and photo  documentation     Goals: All colonoscopies >90%, Screening colonoscopies >95%
  3. Measure VIII: Adenoma Detection Rate      Goals: >30% Male, >20% Female

Other metrics like adequate documentation, withdrawal time benchmarks, and complication management will provide tangible added benefits to the base quality reporting standards.

gMed plans to fully support these new measures in the immediate future and believes they represent an excellent effort by the key gastroenterology societies to enhance patient care and population outcomes.  As a result, gMed will immediately begin building supportive capabilities into its business intelligence software, gInsights, to evaluate and track performance along the triple society recommendations at the enterprise, facility and individual provider-level.  gMed will be focusing on colonoscopies first and foremost, and will shortly expand to EGD, ERCP, and EUS.

“We believe these new measures will help advance the quality agenda and will help Gastroenterologists manage patient populations with enhanced metrics.  Gastroenterologists who already use gGastro coupled with gInsights will be able to access this data retroactively for millions of patient encounters across the nation.  gMed is fully committed to helping practices achieve the highest recognition for patient care and quality,” states Sam Rubinsztain, VP of Product Development for gMed.

gMed provides the gastroenterology industry with a fully integrated platform consisting of an Electronic Health Record, Endoscopy Report Writer, Practice Management solution, Patient Portal, a Data Analytics tool and Revenue Cycle Management. Fully scalable through the cloud or using an on-site server, gMed’s products are all Meaningful Use Certified and ICD-10 compliant.

 

To find the right gGastro solution for your practice visit www.gmed.com or call 888.577.8801.

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