2013 AGA YEAR-END WRAP UP

 

 

It has been a busy year at AGA. Here are a few highlights from 2013. Happy Holidays!

how AGA worked for you in 2013:

  • Clinicians

    The practice of gastroenterology is changing. AGA advocates on your behalf and provides you with education and tools to stay up to date.
  • Researchers

    AGA brings you the best science in our journals and at DDW. We advocate for funding and policies to support researchers.
  • Trainees

    You’re the future! AGA is your home for education, networking and help transitioning out of training.
  • Future

    We look forward to advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology in 2014.

CLINICIANS

Reimbursement advocacy

  • AGA continued our work with Congress to reform the Medicare payment system. We advocate that quality-based reimbursement systems must be based on evidence-based practice guidelines and outcome measures that are developed with physician input. Physicians who report on quality measures should receive incentives.

Board review prep

AGA Academy of Educators

  • AGA welcomed more than 180 members to the AGA Academy of Educators, a new resource for clinician educators. Academy members brought new interactive, case-based sessions to DDW and launched a series of sessions to teach board question writing and case-based presentation skills.

Patient access to colonoscopy

  • Successfully lobbied CMS to require that private payors waive patient co-pay for therapeutic colonoscopy.

Clinical Service Lines: CRC, IBD, HCV

  • Developed clinical service lines (CSL) to support practices in delivering high-quality, cost-efficient care to patients. Each CSL is unique for each condition and links evidence-based guidelines, measures and practice management tools in a single toolkit that can be easily accessed at the bedside, office, facility or other setting.

ICD-10

  • Launched an ICD-10 resource center to guide you through the transition. Don’t forget the key date: Oct. 1, 2014!

Demonstrating Quality

Launched Digestive Health Recognition Programs in IBD and HCV and an IBD mobile app to help you demonstrate the value of the care you provide patients.

Case studies on new business lines

Technology & new devices

  • The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology hosted a successful summit in Silicon Valley where participants discussed unmet needs in gastroenterology and highlighted new promising technologies that could affect the future of practice. Get in on the action at the next summit. Also, the 2013 AGA Spring Post Graduate Course included a popular new session dedicated to technology in patient care.

Working to ease the regulatory burden on GI practices

  • 40 hours spent meeting with regulatory agencies, including MedPAC, CMS, USPSTF, HHS and ONC, to discuss Medicare payment reform, quality programs, health IT and the value-based payment modifier.

Celebrated research advances

  • The AGA Research Foundation celebrated the successes of our grantees whose research advances have improved patient care. Watch a video about the Renaissance in IBS.

RESEARCHERS

NIH funding

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Networking

  • The AGA Researcher Directory can help you identify potential collaborators, identify resources that may be shared among fellow researchers, identify potential mentors, and indicate interest in participating in pharmaceutical or device clinical trials.

Investing in the Future

  • AGA secured an NIH R25 grant for our Investing in the Future program, which fosters interest in GI research among underrepresented minority students by holding programs at medical colleges. We also provided 10 fellowships for students to perform eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition.

Support for young investigators

DDW

  • AGA accepted 4,467 abstracts to showcase cutting-edge science at DDW 2013.

Journals

  • Gastroenterology holds the top spot as #1 journal in the GI field. CGH is #8 out of 74 GI journals.We broadened access to journal content by opening issue highlights, all content greater than a year old and articles sponsored by authors to be immediately open access.

Research funding

  • The AGA Research Foundation raised $8.2 million in new gifts and pledges to support the AGA Research Foundation endowment, which will provide secure, stable research funding for young investigators. Watch a video about the impact of AGA grants.

Trainees

Help deciding what’s next

  • Launched interactive online module, What Every GI Fellow Should Know About Choosing a Clinical Practice, to walk fellows interested in clinical practice through five questions that will help them make decisions to best meet their needs and interests. In correlation to each question, brief and long answers are provided, as well as additional links with more detailed information on each topic. (login required)

Gastroenterology Training Exam

  • 2013 saw record breaking participation: 1,340 fellows from 166 programs. In 2014 we’ll offer educational resources targeted to areas where fellows’ scores showed room for improvement.

Mentoring

  • Through our Mentor and Advisor Program GI fellows accessed informal career advice and networking opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring and an advisory forum.

Academic skills

Networking

  • AGA hosted a Trainee and Young GI Track at DDW, which included a popular networking event (aka happy hour), board review course, mentoring reception and career development sessions. Keep an eye out for details about the 2014 track at DDW in Chicago.

Self-directed education

  • Scores of GI fellows took advantage of AGA’s discount on DDSEP® 7 and free access to GI SAM® — programs that have long been used by GIs to increase proficiency in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

International training

  • Opened the World Gastroenterology Organization-Turkish Society of Gastroenterology-AGA Training Center in Ankara, Turkey to bring high-quality training to an area of the world where it’s not available.

FUTURE

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In the coming year AGA will:

PRACTICE

  • Provide members with resources, tools and skills to enhance PRACTICE and provide quality patient care.

RESEARCH

  • Promote basic and clinical RESEARCH in gastroenterology and hepatology.

EDUCATION

  • Provide the highest quality scientific and clinical EDUCATION for GI clinicians and researchers.

ADVOCATE

  • Build political support and ADVOCATE  for the science and practice of gastroenterology and hepatology.

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