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High Value Care Programs

The Ohio State University Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is interested in helping the primary care physician in the management of common gastrointestinal diseases. 

We have developed a “fast-track” methodology for those High Value Care diseases and symptoms in accordance with the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). 

This initiative by the ACP is designed to enable more effective and patient-centered communication between primary care and gastroenterologist consultant.  The High Value Care Program facilitates clear communication between primary care and subspecialist practices so that doctors can provide seamless, coordinated, and quality care to their patients.


The conditions chosen by the AGA, AASLD and ACP to include as part of the High Value Care Program include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hepatitis C
  • Abnormal liver function tests

All High Value Care referrals will be handled in collaboration with a staff gastroenterologist or nurse practitioner on the day of referral. 

Please specify referral to the GHN High Value Care (HVC) Program via:
Office: 614-293-6255
Fax: 614-293-8518
Universal Referral Form

You will be given the name of the Ohio State University Gastroenterologist that will help facilitate the care of your patient and communicate the plan and recommendations.


Physician contacts: 

Jon Walker, MD                              jon.walker@osumc.edu

Darwin L. Conwell, MD                    darwin.conwell@osumc.edu


For More information regarding the American College of Physicians High Value Care Program click here.