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gMed and AGA Join Together in the AGA Registry

November 13, 2012
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Weston, FL (November 13, 2012) – gMed is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a series of webinars in conjunction with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, to explain the benefits of and ease of using the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry® and gGastro, gMed’s GI specific application.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and health-care payors are looking to reduce health-care costs by determining who among their providers are delivering improved outcomes that meet quality assessment thresholds. gMed and the AGA Registry work together to optimize this workflow and easily meet these future quality assessment thresholds.

“Gastroenterologist-developed guidelines and measures form the basis of the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry, making it a powerful tool for Gastroenterologists who want to benchmark their practices, proactively manage patient care, improve the care they provide and ensure appropriate use of resources,” according to Michael Weinstein, MD, chair, AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry Management Board.

The AGA Registry allows gGastro v.4 users to automatically submit data to the registry and begin monitoring and improving patient care while also generating data to compare efficacy of treatments and potentially increasing their Medicare reimbursement. Gastroenterologists who participate in the AGA Registry can run benchmark reports, manage their patient population and participate in quality reporting and incentive programs, and with gGastro v.4, all of this can be done with just a click of a button.

“The AGA Registry is a CMS-qualified registry that enables practices to directly submit data to the Physician Quality Reporting System for the hepatitis C measures group, with the potential of earning Medicare bonuses,” said Dr. Weinstein. “In addition, payors have shown interest in using the AGA Registry to acknowledge, and possibly financially reward, high-quality providers. AGA recently launched a program with UnitedHealthcare and expects other payors will follow suit.”

Joseph Rubinsztain, MD, CEO, gMed states: “Accountability is at the heart of modern healthcare, and Gastroenterologists will shortly feel the impact on reimbursement. gMed is a step ahead with built-in tools that automatically report complex registry data from the medical office and ambulatory endoscopy center with minimal physician effort. We are pleased to partner with the AGA to improve transparency and promote quality and reimbursement for Gastroenterologists.”

About the AGA Institute

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.

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