A team of dedicated physician volunteers comprises the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee, which reports to the Science & Quality Council. Along with the AUA’s Quality Department, QIPS members are responsible for establishing the AUA's quality and patient safety agenda and determining new initiatives.
The AUA is actively engaged in many quality initiatives and has emerged as a leading player in this arena. The AUA has physician and professional staff representatives on every major national decision-making body and has been instrumental in the formulation of urology-specific measures. The AQUA Registry includes measures on prostate cancer, BPH, female urology, stones, bladder cancer and other key urologic conditions. Additionally, the AUA collaborates with organizations and specialty societies to develop cross-cutting measures of interest to urologists and other health care providers.
The QIPS Committee also guides the AUA’s efforts on quality improvement, convening QI Summits on important quality and patient safety issues facing urology and other specialties. QIPS also provides patient safety education and develops urology-specific statements for Choosing Wisely. Furthermore, QIPS develops white papers on emerging quality and patient safety topics.