Current OAG News

IBD Consensus Document

Ontario Association of Gastroenterologists Consensus Statement on the Ontario Reimbursement Criteria for Biologic Therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Ontario Association of Gastroenterologists (OAG) and the Ontario Public Drug Plan (OPDP) have a common goal of providing excellence in health care to patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With this in mind, the OAG formed a consensus group to review the current Exceptional Access Program (EAP) reimbursement criteria (updated August 1, 2015) for the use of biologic therapies in IBD in Ontario. Taking into consideration recent treatment guidelines and the most robust clinical data for all available therapies, this group developed several recommendations that will further align the EAP criteria with current evidence.



Ontario Association of Gastroenterology Consensus Group:
Statement on the Introduction of Subsequent Entry Biologics in Canada

The introduction of subsequent entry biologic (SEB) therapies provides an important opportunity to increase treatment options for both patients and providers and to improve the collective affordability of biologic agents. However, the complex structures of SEBs make generation of biologically identical molecules a challenge (Devlin et al., 2013), and even subtle differences between SEBs and innovators may translate into clinically relevant variations in efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity. Such variations are of significant concern to the Ontario Association of Gastroenterologists (OAG) and several other groups (eg, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists [CAG]) (Devlin et al., 2013; Endrenyi et al., 2014), as patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represent a very sick and vulnerable patient population. 


Press Release:

OAG's Response to Task Force Recommendations on Colon Cancer Screening

TORONTO, ON – (February 29, 2016) - The Ontario Association of Gastroenterology (OAG) believes that “Colonoscopy is probably the best colon cancer screening test, it's just not proven yet,” according to OAG President Dr. Iain Murray.  “The OAG is concerned that a recent report is being understood as saying ‘don’t do colonoscopies’, and that’s an incorrect understanding,” Murray states. He adds that colonoscopies promote prevention of cancer, thus supporting the current emphasis in health care on overall wellness, and not just treatment.


Now Available: Presentations

9th Annual Liver & IBD Review

January 22-24, 2016

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Now Available: Presentations

19th Annual Conference

November 13-15, 2015

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Now Available: Presentations

14th Annual Post-DDW Course

June 13, 2015

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TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Association of Gastroenterology (OAG) elected Dr. Iain Murray as President for the 2014-2015 year at its Annual General Meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake on October 26.


Positive Fee Code Changes for Colonoscopy

The OAG is pleased to announce a change to the OHIP Schedule of Benefits lowering the age of screening eligibility for those with a first degree relative with colorectal cancer from age 50 to age 40. Taking affect October 1, 2013, this more closely aligns the new fee codes with Canadian Association of Gastroenterology guidelines.

See the Bulletin for details.

Regional Colorectal Screening/GI Endoscopy Lead Recruitment Package

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has a posting for Regional Endoscopy Leads who will report to the Regional Vice Presidents and the Provincial Endoscopy Lead. These will be funded positions for the 2013/14 fiscal year, to help to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of cancer services for colorectal cancer screening and gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy work related to the implementation of the new GI endoscopy Quality Based Procedures (QBPs). We encourage all interested member in each region to apply for the positions.

Ontario gastroenterologists object 
to cuts to professional fees

Citizens most at risk from reduced access to screening
and diagnostic services

MAY 17 – TORONTO – The Ontario Association of Gastroenterology (OAG) today added their voice to growing objections to the Government of Ontario's unilateral decision on May 7, 2012 to overhaul the fee structure for medical procedures and services provided by the province's doctors.