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Foundation for Interventional & Therapeutic Endoscopy

OUR 
MISSION

To advance healthcare outcomes by enhancing the field of interventional and therapeutic endoscopy to provide cost effective, safe and minimally invasive procedures. 

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VISION

The foundation will enhance & promote the expansion of the field of advanced therapeutic endoscopy thereby increasing access to specialized endoscopic procedures while reducing cost and morbidity for patients in a manner that promotes uniform quality, training and credentialing in order to optimize healthcare value and outcomes for patients. We recognize that therapeutic endoscopy will play a greater role in the care of digestive diseases, cancers, and obesity in the future. The foundation will function to develop awareness, research, and pathways for complex procedures. This includes: standardization of training, creation of criteria for uniform credentialing and privileging, advocating for reimbursement codes for niche interventions, research collaborations and support  dedicated to interventional endoscopy, and accelerate development of devices or performance of procedures necessary to enhance the growth of the field and patient care. The foundation would strive to improve or eliminate obstacles or barriers in order to provide better care for all patients.

OVERALL

GOALS

  • Engage advanced interventional endoscopy program directors and interventionalists in establishing expectations and standards for training and accreditation in the field of interventional and therapeutic endoscopy.

  • Create platform of communication via FITE regarding novel therapeutic endoscopy offerings that can be spread across all GI societies and gastroenterologists in the country.  In doing so, demonstration of the value of a recognized subspecialty development to all GI’s to foster collaborative interactions and implement meaningful use of the novel endoscopic intervention or therapies.

  • Create universal guidelines for hospital privileging & certification process.

  • Create a national registries platform for programs and society members which can work to improve the impact and establishment of novel devices and procedures.

  • Create a national dedicated Endoscopy Research Committee which will pave the pathway for endoscopic innovations to enhance the field and improve patient care.

  • Establish Endoscopy research ethics guidelines on a national level via the Foundation of Interventional Endoscopy and Therapeutics.

  • Establish a cohort of endoscopy research principal investigators and their sites on a national level via FITE to increase registry trials and multi-site observational/interventional trials.

  • Develop clinical research lectures/presentations to be presented to physicians/nurses.

  • Establish national gastroenterology endoscopy research standardized guidelines, SOPs along with educational content. This will include support for Principal Investigators, research nurses and other research staff on a national level and help expedite collaboration and data collection for large sample-sized studies. 

  • Establish a road map to official accredited specialty. 

  • Establish a platform of communication and collaboration to enhance the presence of interventional/therapeutic endoscopy in oncology and other key specialties with FITE which would benefit patients through cross collaboration and utilization of therapeutic endoscopy. This would include close collaborations with ACG, AGA, ASGE, AASLD, ABOM, ASCO, SSO, ASTRA, SSAT etc and industry.

  • Establish connections with industry in order to advance the technology required to improve clinical outcomes.

  • Establish connections with Payers and create a platform for appropriate reimbursement for complex and novel work (which allows for sustainability of a high quality novel therapeutic endoscopic procedures which improve outcomes for patients while reducing morbidity and mortality).

CORE OBJECTIVES

YEARS 1 & 2

·    Engage advanced IE program directors and interventionalists in establishing expectations.
·    Create platform of communication via FITE.
·    Create a national research FITE committee and procedure related subcommittees.
·  Partner with industry and other associations and foundations in order to advance the technology required to improve clinical outcomes.

·    Create universal guidelines for hospital privileging & certification process.
·    Create a national registries platform for programs and society members which can work to improve impact and establishment of novel devices and procedures.
·    Establish endoscopy research ethics guidelines.

CORE OBJECTIVES

YEARS 3 to 5

·    Establish a cohort of endoscopy research principal investigators to increase registry trials and multi-site research collaborations.
·    Establish national gastroenterology endoscopy research standardized guidelines, SOPs.
·    Establish criteria for FITE COE designation for hospitals and programs.
·    Establish connection with payers for the purpose of creating platforms for reimbursement.

·    Establish a platform of collaboration to enhance the presence of IE in oncology and other key specialties.
·    Establish a road map for IE to become an officially accredited specialty.
·    Establish IE training as an officially accredited education track with the ACGME.
·    Implement quality metrics guidelines with respect to the practice and delivery of IE
·    Establish value-based care models with 3rd party payers.

·    Finalize appropriate reimbursement for complex and novel work.
·   Provide pathways for improvement in programs where quality metrics are beneath benchmarks.
·    Establish IE as an officially accredited specialty.
·    Establish a board certification process for IE.
·    Engage other countries for broadening the mission and vision of FITE.

 

Nominations will open May 15th, 2021

For nominations and general queries, please email: governingboardjobs@endoscopyfoundation.org

Nominations are closed.

For nominations and general queries, please email: governingboardjobs@endoscopyfoundation.org