Dr. Reddy Applauds Government-Initiated Quality Payment Program

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Local physician says payment programs will increase quality and care for patients.

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As a group we've prided ourselves on 'leading the pack' when it comes to participating in CMS' PQRS and Meaningful Use programs prior to the Quality Payment Program. Each program came with a unique set of challenges, yet overall the quality measures provide invaluable information to the clinician.

Dr. Gurunath Reddy, founder of Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, PA, embraces change whenever he believes the change will increase the quality of patient care. That's why his clinic was one of the first in Texas to adopt and endorse the Quality Payment Program.

The Quality Payment Program was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The program is a quality payment incentive program for physicians and other clinicians. It is a program which rewards value and outcomes. This encourages clinicians to spend more time with their patients, as well as encouraging them to offer new ways for patients and physicians to communicate.

The act includes a "patients over paperwork" initiative which evaluates and streamlines regulations with the goal of reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens. Reducing paperwork gives physicians more time to spend with patients as well.

The aim of the initiative is to create a simpler, sustainable Medicare program.

"As a group," says Dr. Reddy, "we've prided ourselves on 'leading the pack' when it comes to participating in CMS' PQRS and Meaningful Use programs prior to the Quality Payment Program. Each program came with a unique set of challenges, yet overall the quality measures provide invaluable information, not only to CMS, but to the clinician. We are continuing to improve quality outcomes to further enhance our patient-centered practice. We focus on informed and coordinated care for individuals in our community."

Dr. Reddy has long been a champion for efforts to improve patient experiences. He has done a great deal of advocacy work both here in Houston and in his hometown of Hyderabad, India.

For more information about Dr. Reddy and Texas Liver and Disease Consultants, PA, visit http://www.txgidocs.com.

ABOUT DR. GURUNATH REDDY

Dr. Gurunath Reddy, MD, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF is widely recognized for his endoscopic experience, clinical acumen, and his teaching. He has spearheaded policy and quality improvement efforts throughout the industry. He has been recognized as one of Houston’s top doctors by H Texas Magazine from 2006-2017, and by Houstonian Magazine from 2013-2017. The Consumer’s Research Council named him one of America’s Top Doctors in 2006.

Reddy has served as Chair of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Continuing Medical Education, Endoscopy, and Medical Staff By Laws. The Houston Northwest Medical Center elected him as Chief of Staff, as did Northeast Medical Center Memorial Hermann North East. He also served on the boards of both hospitals.

He is one of the founding board members of Kingwood Medical Center (HCA). HE served on the Board of the Texas Gulf Coast Gastrointestinal Society and Advisory Board of the Southeast Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. He served as President of the Harris County Medical Society. He served on the Board of Medical Legislation (HCMS) and as President of Houston Academy of Medicine. For more information, see http:// http://www.txgidocs.com.

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