News from the AGA
New Strategic Plan
AGA has a new Strategic Plan to mobilize
the resources of our organization to fulfill
our mission of advancing the science and
practice of gastroenterology.
“AGA, at our heart, is a learning organization. This new strategic plan will lead
us to new discoveries in GI science, new
tools to improve patient care, new ways to
educate ourselves and the gastroenterologists of the future. Together we will shape
a bright future for gastroenterology and
our patients,” says John I. Allen, M.D., MBA,
AGAF, outgoing president, AGA Institute.
In 1897, a group of physicians started the AGA to make a
difference in the lives of their colleagues and their patients.
Since that time, AGA has been the driving force behind
advances that matter in gastroenterology and hepatology
research and practice. We have made stag-
gering scientific discoveries and applied
them to improve patient care. However, we
still have so much more to learn, and that’s
why the AGA Strategic Plan matters.
Read the plan online at www.gastro.org/
Two words describe each of the three
fundamental AGA areas as illustrated in the
triangular portion of the plan. For example,
practice and quality were paired intention-
ally to emphasize their close connection
and the AGA’s increasing commitment to in-
creasing the “value” (defined as quality per
unit cost) of our GI and liver care. Research
is critical to our advancing science, but
needs to be coupled with AGA’s commit-
ment to promote innovation in medical device and therapeutic
advances, through the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Tech-
nology and the AGA Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics.
Finally, education must be paired with training our physician
and provider workforce in new and emerging technologies. n
The SGR is Repealed. Now What?
The physician community secured a huge victory in April when Congress finally passed legislation to repeal the broken sustainable growth
rate (SGR) formula, which set reimbursement for physicians under
Medicare. For years, the entire physician community has been advocating that Congress repeal the broken, outdated formula since it didn’t
accurately reflect the costs of providing care to Medicare beneficiaries.
Like most major pieces of legislation, the real work will come
during implementation. Our work will continue during the regulation
and comment period. We know that we have our work cut out for us,
but we are confident that AGA has the foundation in place to ensure
that our members have the tools they need to survive and thrive in a
value-based world. We will continue to work to ensure that the transition to a value-based world is as seamless as possible. n
AGA Institute co-executive vice president, Lynn P. Robinson, JD, was honored to represent AGA at a historic and awe-inspiring
ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the signing of the SGR repeal legislation.