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New Tool Helps GI-PCP Communication

April 17, 2014

AGA coordinated with the American College of Physicians to create a high-value care-coordination toolkit designed to enable more effective and patient-centered communication between primary care providers (PCP) and subspecialist doctors.

AGA coordinated with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to create a high-value care-coordination toolkit designed to enable more effective and patient-centered communication between primary care and subspecialist doctors. The toolkit contains pertinent data sets for several conditions for which primary care physicians typically refer patients to gastroenterologists and hepatologists.

The conditions chosen for inclusion as part of the toolkit are GERD, chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, hepatitis C and abnormal liver function tests; the latter two were developed in cooperation with AASLD. Review AGA's data sets for these conditions. 

The toolkit was developed collaboratively through ACP’s Council of Subspecialty Societies (CSS), of which AGA is a member, and patient advocacy groups. CSS acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas between ACP and subspecialty organizations on matters affecting medicine in general and subspecialty societies in particular. Read more about the initiative. 

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