2016-10-27 13:24:23 UTC

Oct. 27, 2016

Check out some recent tips for GI obesity management and keep an eye out for our upcoming AGA obesity guide and payment model.

With the advent of new endoscopic therapies to treat obesity, GIs have a unique opportunity to help treat the underlying cause of many common conditions they see on a day-to-day basis.

In a new article, “From the Gut: Gastroenterology Opportunities in Obesity Management,” Health Leaders Media provides key suggestions for GIs to be successful in obesity management. These include:

Embrace obesity:

  • Address the underlying cause of conditions you treat daily.
  • Expand your service options.

Team up:

  • Weight management is multidisciplinary, so take on a collaborative care mindset.
  • Don’t be scared off by reimbursement issues.
  • Advocacy is key to helping get endoscopic procedures covered.
  • There is still a significant population willing to pay out of pocket.

Get the word out:

  • It’s imperative to get creative on how you promote new services.

AGA: Supporting GIs and Obesity Management

AGA has been preparing a comprehensive guide for obesity and weight management, specifically for practicing GI physicians. The resource, “POWER: Practice Guide on Obesity and Weight Management, Education and Resources,” will be released in early 2017 both online and in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 

The purpose of this guide is to support our members as they seek to deliver innovative, safe and effective weight management for patients in their practices. The tool is designed to be comprehensive and flexible, as it encourages a multidisciplinary approach and helps direct physicians on where to start and which education resources will have the most impact for each patient.

In addition, AGA is creating an obesity bundle payment model, which will help support the practice side of taking on weight management. The bundle payment model will be published alongside the practice guide.

The benefits of addressing the underlying cause of so many conditions seen regularly in a GI office are plentiful. AGA is committed to providing resources so you can take on weight management successfully. 

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