About SAGA

Why choose SAGA for your digestive health?

Why choose San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates & Endoscopy Centers?

San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates began more than 35 years ago when three physicians had the vision to transform gastrointestinal care and the patient experience. In 1980, the founding physicians of SAGA built the first freestanding endoscopy center in downtown San Antonio in hopes of delivering the highest quality digestive care to each and every patient.

Today, SAGA is renowned in San Antonio for excellent digestive health care with 16 industry-leading gastroenterologists, eight physician offices and three endoscopy centers spread throughout the metro area. SAGA continues to pave new roads while breaking barriers in both research and quality of care in the GI field. Discover why so many patients trust SAGA with their digestive health care.

Patient Satisfaction

88% of patients say that they would recommend San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Centers to family members and friends.

For over three decades, SAGA doctors have diagnosed GI conditions and diseases, while maintaining the highest standards of care, technology, and service.

Quality Standard Rankings

GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC) is a non-profit team that aims to improve quality in the GI field. GIQuIC has developed a variety of measurement standards to allow patients and fellow physicians understand the expertise and quality of care of a gastroenterologist. Two organizations make up GIQuiC: American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). The gastroenterologists of San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates and Endoscopy Centers continually exceed these national benchmarks for quality.

Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR)

An adenoma is a polyp that if left untreated may become cancerous. A form of colon cancer prevention is removing adenomas during a colonoscopy. Adenoma Detection Rate, or ADR, measures a gastroenterologist’s skill at detecting and removing polyps to prevent colon cancer. The industry benchmark, as established by GIQuIC, is 25 percent. SAGA gastroenterologists exceed this standard year after year.

Cecal Intubation Rate

Cecal intubation rate is the percentage of times the physician reaches the cecum during a colonoscopy. The cecum is the small pouch that connects the small intestine to the large intestine. It is also the stopping point during a colonoscopy. Reaching the cecum demonstrates how thorough a physician is during a colonoscopy.

Withdrawal Time

How long it takes for a physician to withdraw the endoscope is an important quality indicator because it shows how thorough they are during the exam. It also demonstrates how efficiently a physician can then perform a colonoscopy. The industry standard for withdrawal time is 6 minutes.

ACCREDITATION & CERTIFICATION

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Centers has consistently maintained top achievement status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care year after year. AAAHC is awarded to ambulatory centers that uphold nationally recognized standards in patient care, medical safety, as well as efficiency.

Healthcare Bluebook Featured Facility

Healthcare Bluebook puts consumers in the driver’s seat of managing their healthcare costs. Consumers can search for procedures and facilities that offer high-quality services at value-based pricing. Facilities must meet Healthcare Bluebook’s standards for pricing and quality to earn the distinction. San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Centers meet and exceed these standards to continually deliver top-ranked care at affordable, transparent prices.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates & Endoscopy Centers is certified for safety and compliance as established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This certifying board ensures that each ambulatory center is in good standing with industry requirements for quality, safety and top-level patient care.

Medicare Price Look-up

If you are a Medicare patient, Medicare now offers national average pricing for common procedures performed at an Ambulatory Surgery Center versus a Hospital Outpatient Department. This comparison allows you to shop for your health care needs, plan your budget and make a selection for the highest quality care at the most affordable cost. Note that this site is independent of SAGEC and is provided by Medicare. You will still need to contact the billing department to get a complete estimate for your procedure.

San Antonio’s Digestive Health Leader

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