The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of society, bringing almost unprecedented challenges to our world, and especially to our world of health care.
But our profession has been ignited in the way only a crisis can spark. Many of you are working on the front lines of patient care, at personal risk, lacking sufficient information and adequate resources. This is heroic work.
AGA’s priority during this time of disruption is to get practical guidance into your hands to help you treat patients, and protect yourselves and your coworkers. We’re also advocating on your behalf to get the resources you need and economic relief necessitated by the measures taken to fight the pandemic.
We are continually updating our COVID-19 website. Check it for the latest clinical guidance, practice management information and advocacy initiatives. Some recent highlights:
- Commercial payer telehealth policies
- Joint society letter to Congress: Protect our health care community during the pandemic
- Gastroenterology editors call on the GI community to fight COVID-19
Our journals have started a collection of submissions related to COVID-19. Your AGA colleagues on the Clinical Guidelines Committee and Clinical Practice Updates Committee have been hard at work developing guidance for questions that you have asked us on Twitter and the AGA Community. So join us there where resources and insights are being shared in real time.
Your commitment to our patients is a testament to your professionalism. Our commitment at AGA is to support you.
We’ll get through this together.
Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF
President, AGA Institute