“We support UnitedHealthcare’s leadership in promoting quality care and are pleased to partner with them to improve the quality of care that gastroenterologists provide patients," said John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, vice president-elect of the AGA Institute and chair of the AGA Registry Executive Management Board. “The AGA Registry is derived from evidence-based clinical guidelines and outcomes measures developed by GI clinicians. It is a powerful tool for gastroenterologists who want to benchmark their practices, proactively manage patient care and ensure the appropriate use of resources."
The AGA Registry has been operational for two years and remains open to new physician members. GI physicians in UnitedHealthcare’s care provider network will be able to submit information upon enrollment in the registry.
The AGA Registry contains data from MedAssurant’s Medical Outcomes for Research on Economics and Effectiveness Registry® (MORE2 Registry®), which includes submissions from practicing gastroenterologists nationwide. MedAssurant’s registry division is primarily responsible for the technology platform, collection of information from practicing gastroenterologists, associated analytics, and reporting capabilities to UnitedHealthcare.
“The AGA’s national membership of gastroenterologists, together with the combination of our broad national network of 650,000 physicians and other care providers, and our focus on communicating the value of information tied to consumer and physician engagement and incentive programs, enables our organizations to advance safe, timely and effective patient care to improve outcomes," said Sam Ho, MD, chief clinical officer of UnitedHealthcare. “UnitedHealthcare is committed to working with the AGA and other leading medical organizations to promote the best care possible for patients."
In 2010, UnitedHealthcare received the Richard L. Doyle Award for Innovation and Leadership in Health Care from Milliman Care Guidelines for working with physicians and other health professionals to identify and employ best practices to prevent complications from major bowel surgery.