Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program


Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
International (outside the United States) 

 

The International Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (iEURP) recognizes GI units that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to delivering quality and safety, including their policies, credentialing, staff training and competency assessment, and quality improvement activities. iEURP honorees benefit by being among a like-minded community of units from across the world.

Overview

The Importance of High-Quality Patient Care

Whether it’s in Chicago, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Dublin, or Shanghai, there is an expectation that every endoscopy unit is held to the same high standards. It is, therefore, critical for these units to demonstrate how they deliver valuable, high-quality, and safe patient care. While the Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program has been limited to US GI units in the past, ASGE is proud and excited to announce that it has expanded this program to the rest of the world – keeping in mind that participants are required to apply for the program every three years.

The ASGE Quality Star Value Proposition

One of the most powerful tools that a GI practice has at its disposal today is ASGE’s ‘Quality Star’ designation, an honor that recognizes stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy centers, hospital-based endoscopy units, and office-based endoscopy units that meet a rigorous set of criteria. The Quality Star logo is an easy and effective way for GI units to convey their commitment to excellence and the highest standards of care in their communications to their patients, referring physicians, surveyors, and others.

The Impact of the iEURP?

Patient Care

iEURP honorees recognize the important role that quality and safety play in providing exceptional and safe healthcare services. Through the iEURP, units will not only benchmark physician performance, but also analyze data for opportunities to improve patient care.

Your Practice

The iEURP is an honor that your entire unit can celebrate. It helps raise a unit’s overall awareness of the need for high-quality patient care, and it can be used to promote quality and safety improvement across the unit.

Your Peers

Participating in the iEURP will enhance your unit’s brand and reputation with key stakeholders, including your patients, referring physicians, and private payers.

Your Recognition

By participating in ASGE’s iEURP, your unit will be recognized for assessing the quality measures that are critical to deliver high-quality GI endoscopic patient care, including:

  • Patient assessment for procedural risk
  • Adequacy of bowel preparation
  • Cecal intubation rate
  • Polyp detection rate
  • Adverse event tracking
  • Use of patient satisfaction surveys

What kinds of units are eligible for the iEURP?

The program is open to all settings where GI endoscopy is practiced, including ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers, office-based endoscopy units, and hospital-based endoscopy units all over the world.

Benefits

Join ASGE’s prestigious three-year recognition program and access a variety of benefits that promote and celebrate high-quality patient care.

ASGE’s iEURP features a variety of benefits, including:

  • Gaining recognition for identifying ways to define and measure quality and improving patient satisfaction.

  • Resources to promote improvement and uniformity in your unit.

  • A press release announcing your unit’s iEURP recognition that you can send to your local media.

Use of the ASGE Quality Star logo to...

  • Display on your practice website
  • Incorporate into your advertisements
  • Include in the aforementioned press release
  • Display on promotional banners, business cards, mugs, and more!
  • An ‘ASGE Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy’ certificate to display in your unit
  • Recognition on ASGE’s website.

Note that participating units need to renew their iEURP designation every three years.

 

Requirements

iEURP applicants are required to…

  1. Submit proof of current accreditation by a local or internationally recognized accrediting body. Current accreditation must extend for six months beyond the application submission date, and units must remain accredited for the duration of the three-year designation period.
  2. Have at least 30 percent of its practicing endoscopists be ASGE members.
  3. Have a representative complete the ASGE International Quality Course within one year of submitting its application. Units are encouraged to send both a physician and a non-physician manager to the course.
  4. Attest that the guidelines that are listed on its application are adopted as unit policy.
  5. Attest that all of its pertinent staff members have completed competency assessments for endoscope reprocessing and training in sterile medication administration and infection prevention in the endoscopy unit during the previous year.
  6. Demonstrate that the unit’s policies have been developed and adopted for continuous or intermittent assessment of the following quality measures, with the associated performance targets for selected measures:
    • Quality of preparation during colonoscopy, employing standardized criteria.
    • Cecal intubation rate, per endoscopist during colonoscopy.
    • Polyp detection rates, per endoscopist during colonoscopy.
    • Adverse event tracking, by major classes and severity for the entire unit.
    • Use of patient satisfaction surveys by the entire unit.
    • Submission of one cycle of data pertaining to the above outcomes measures (≥25 screening/surveillance procedures per endoscopist, or annual).
    • That improvement plans have been formulated for suboptimal performance on selected quality measures.
  7. Submit of summary of a clinical quality improvement project that has been completed by the unit.
  8. Submit of the application fee(s).

Quality Improvement Projects

Your Peers Share Their QI Projects

ASGE’s iEURP is more than a marketing resource, as it also serves as a community of GI professionals who share best practices and ways to translate quality concepts into practice to advance effective clinical, safe, and patient-centered care. The following are just a few of the important questions that your colleagues have been addressing with their quality improvement projects…

Honorees

ASGE applauds the members of every iEURP unit for their commitment to quality and safety in endoscopy given the program’s rigorous criteria.

The iEURP will drive excellence across the profession on a global scale as the program continues to grow – as more units understand the important role that quality and safety play in building a successful practice.

A list of iEURP units will be added to this web page soon.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which accrediting bodies will fulfill the iEURP proof of successful and current accreditation requirement? 

    The process of accreditation ensures that many varied issues pertinent to the delivery of quality care have been addressed. Endoscopy units must be accredited, generally by the ACREDITAS Global (AAAHC) Joint Commission International, DNV or your local accreditation institution. 


  2. What topics does the ASGE International Quality Course cover?
     

    Specific presentations deal with:
    • The principles of quality and quality metrics
    • Benchmarking and record keeping
    • Informed consent and communication
    • Efficiency
    • Sedation monitoring
    • Infection control
    • Endoscope reprocessing
    • Safe medication practices
    • Response to suspected infection
    • Training and credentialing in new procedures
    • Accreditation
    • Design and implementation of a quality assurance program
    • Patient satisfaction 

    Other highly valued aspects of this course include stimulating roundtable discussions and interactive question-and-answer sessions.


  3. How can I learn more about the iEURP?

    Contact ASGE at eurp@asge.org or 800-573-0600

Application & Fees

How to apply for the iEURP

Download and fill the Application

  1. Click here to download and complete the application
  2. Submit the application and requisite documents and pay the program fee.

Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program Fees

 


 

Primary or Single Unit

Additional Units

USD

$950

$475


Application Resources

Quality Improvement Project Sample Summaries