NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AmSurg Corp. (NASDAQ: AMSG) is taking a leading role in elevating the quality of patient care in gastroenterology by partnering with a national organization to provide data for benchmarking tools, quality improvement initiatives and customizable quality reports.
Starting in 2013, AmSurg Corp. and GIQuIC (GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd.) will work together to collect data on colonoscopy procedures from AmSurg ambulatory surgery centers across the U.S. to help improve clinical and patient outcomes nationally.
Christopher A. Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer commented that the agreement between AmSurg and GIQuIC is a continuation of AmSurg’s purpose to help physicians improve, adapt and grow. “AmSurg is committed to quality and providing our physician partners with the latest tools and technologies to improve the care they provide to their patients. The GIQuIC registry is just another step in our journey with our physician partners to provide the best and most cost effective health care possible.”
GIQuIC, a non-profit collaboration of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), is a quality benchmarking registry that is raising the bar on efficiency, effectiveness and reliability.
Dr. Irving Pike, who chairs the GIQuIC Board commented, “We are pleased to partner with AmSurg Corporation, a major force in outpatient GI endoscopy. Their vision and commitment to monitor performance and provide the highest quality care to the significant patient population they serve will add value and a rich source of benchmarking data to this national registry.”
The agreement with the registry will allow AmSurg’s physician partners to perform ongoing, peer-based performance evaluation and quality improvement (a requirement of accrediting bodies) and improve clinical and patient outcomes through higher quality procedural services.
AmSurg physician partners will be able to utilize registry to conduct clinical outcomes research and use data from GIQuIC to complete the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) Self-Directed Practice Improvement Module (PIM). By partnering with GIQuIC, AmSurg brings its extensive network of physicians and patient outcomes to the registry to assist in creating a national data repository for colonoscopy procedures. The registry design allows quality improvement, benchmarking and clinical research to be performed based on the data captured while completing standard endoscopy reports.
AmSurg Corp. acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with physician practice groups throughout the United States. At September 30, 2012, AmSurg owned and operated 229 centers. AmSurg is committed to leadership in quality measures for ambulatory surgery centers.