Save the Date: 2016 AGA
Mark your calendars for the 2016 AGA Postgraduate
Course, which will take place Saturday, May 21 and Sunday,
May 22, 2016, in San Diego. It will be held in conjunction
with Digestive Disease Week® 2016 ( www.ddw.org).
Attend this course to hear world-renowned experts pres-
ent cognitive and technical skills for today’s gastroenterol-
ogist. Six general sessions, 13 clinical challenge sessions,
and 12 lunch breakout sessions will keep you informed
about the critical updates for 2016. You will leave this
course with the newest advances that will help you make
confident decisions for your patients.
Members-only registration opens Jan. 6, 2016 (Jan.
13 for nonmembers). AGA members can register for the
course at reduced registration rates. Register early to secure your spot and save $75 on the registration fee.
View the agenda and learn more at http://www.gastro.org/
to Avoid a
The Physician Quality Reporting
System (PQRS) will apply a negative 2% payment adjustment in
2017 if practices do not report data
on quality measures for covered
professional services furnished to
Medicare beneficiaries in 2015.
By participating in AGA’s Diges-
tive Health Recognition Program™
( www.agarecognition.org) or DHRP,
members can report on quality
measures and work to avoid this
negative payment adjustment.
To learn more about
DHRP, register for a free,
30-minute webinar taking
place during these two dates
• Feb. 25, 2016, 12 p.m. ET
Help Your Patients
DHRP is made possible by sup-
port from AbbVie; Gilead Science,
Inc.; Janssen Biotech, Inc. and
Janssen Therapeutics, Division of
Janssen Products, LLP; and Shire
AGA has published the latest in a
series of guideline-based resources for members to provide their
patients. Based on the published
AGA guideline on constipation,
pdf) the new patient guide explains how a gastroenterologist
can help when diet and lifestyle
The guide also explains defeca-tory disorders, slow-transit and
normal-transit constipation, as
well as information about tests and
medication options in language that
is accessible to patients.
AGA’s evidence-based patient
guides can help improve the efficiency of office visits and the value
you provide patients.
If your patients are suffering from chronic constipation,
make sure to let them know
about this helpful AGA patient
guide ( www.gastro.org/info_