16 Oct 2021

Curated GI articles October 15th, 2021: GI Alliance expands in FL | Halamka on AI in GI | Neurogastroenterology

Curated GI articles October 15th, 2021:
GI Alliance expands in FL | Halamka on AI in GI | Neurogastroenterology
United Digestive Board Member gives eye-opening interview on the state of diversity in GI (NextServices exclusive)
Watch this eye-opening interview on diversity, equity and inclusion with Dr. Aja McCutchen, Board Member, United Digestive and Chair of Diversity, DHPA.
GI Telehealth startup Oshi Health raises $23M (NextServices)
Notable VCs and angel investors back Oshi Health’s novel, integrated care model for gastrointestinal health. This is at least the third investment announcement this year for digitizing gastroenterology.
GI Alliance Further Expands into Florida with Gastroenterology Associates of Florida (PR Newswire)
GI Alliance now represents 1,200 providers, including more than 600 gastroenterologists across 11 states.
Dr. George Dickstein on old challenges, new trends shaping GI (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Emergence of AI, declining reimbursements are some of the biggest challenges for GI as discussed by George Dickstein, MD. in an interview with Becker’s ASC Review.
Private Equity Investment As A Divining Rod For Market Failure: Policy Responses To Harmful Physician Practice Acquisitions (Brookings)
The Initiative aims to inform the national health care debate with rigorous, evidence-based analysis leading to practical recommendations using the collaborative strengths of USC and Brookings.
SonarMD Sees Exceptional Engagement after Launch in New Market (SonarMD)
SonarMD continues to gain momentum in 2021 as the leading value-based care coordination solution for complex chronic diseases, highlighted by record-setting patient engagement rates in its newest market and updated chief executive leadership.
Medscape Physician Nonclinical Careers Report 2021 (Medscape)
Medscape conducted a survey this year of more than 2500 US physicians on whats motivating doctors to think about leaving their practice and considering other non- clinical career options
When will the backlog of colon cancer screenings subside? (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Four leaders in GI spoke with Becker ASC Review on when they think the industry will recover from backlogs.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Charlesbank Capital Partners Complete Acquisition of MDVIP Primary Care Network (PR Newswire)
The transaction gives Goldman Sachs and Charlesbank majority ownership of the company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Deploying AI against colon cancer (The Harvard Gazette)
Gastroenterologist Tyler Berzin MD explains how algorithm can support physicians, improve accuracy of screenings.
Changing landscape in GI practice (AJG)
The special issue of AJG focuses on emerging concepts in gastroenterology and hepatology and includes updated ACG Clinical Guidelines on the Management of Benign Anorectal Disorders.
Gastroenterology’s biggest threats (Becker’s GI &Endoscopy)
8 leaders in GI spoke with Becker’s ASC Review about threats like physician shortage, colonoscopy backlogs and others threat they perceive to be the biggest in the industry.
Gastroenterology Embraces Artificial Intelligence (Geek Doctor)
John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, and Paul Cerrato, senior research analyst and communications specialist, Mayo Clinic on ‘How Platform AI and machine learning have the potential to redefine the management of several GI disorders’.
What is Neurogastroenterology? (MedLink Neurology)
The article discusses neurologic manifestations of gastroenterological disorders as well as significant gastroenterological manifestations of neurologic disorders.
DHPA Surpasses One Hundred Member Practices (DHPA)
DHPA now represents 104 independent GI  practices in 39 states with more than 2400 physicians who provide care for more than three million people annually.
AGA members gain ground on changing prior authorization process (AGA)
New congressional backers of prior authorization legislation could help reduce the $23 billion prior authorization costs for practices.
A new American standard for screening colonoscopy (Bumrungrad International Hospital)
The update was authored by experts from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Illinois, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
10 gastroenterologists to know (Becker’s GI &Endoscopy)
10 physicians who specialize in gastroenterology a list compiled by Becker’s.
21 Countries, 16 Years: Massive Study Shows Impact of Colorectal Cancer Screening (Medscape)
The paper reports an outstanding study of 21 countries over 16 years, from 2000 until 2016.
Physician groups warn nearly 10% in Medicare cuts could stall shift to value-based care, force staff cuts (Fierce Healthcare)
Providers are facing 9.75% in cuts to Medicare reimbursements in the next year. This includes 4% in cuts due to go into effect under the PAYGO law.

More Hot headlines in GI
Could Your Patients Benefit? New Trials in Colorectal Cancer (Medscape)

Abnormal Colonoscopy Findings Common in Young Adults (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)

GI bleeding more common with rivaroxaban than other direct oral anticoagulants (Healio)

How Gender Preferences Affect Colorectal Cancer Screening (Single-use Endoscopy)

COVID-19 booster for immunosuppressed patients with inflammatory bowel disease (News Medical)

Fidmi Medical Launches U.S. Sales of Novel Low-Profile PEG Device and Raises $2.2 Million (PR News Wire)

Healing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease through the intestines (Natural Healthy 365)

Where Amazon could go next in healthcare (Becker’s Health IT)

Report: Partnerships, mergers and acquisitions help maintain access to care (AHA)

Over 50% of Hospitals will Accelerate Digital Investments to Meet the Quadruple Aim (PR NewsWire)

15 HLTH 2021 Predictions from Digital Health Executives to Watch (HIT Consultant)

New York’s Largest Health Care Provider Fires 1400 Unvaccinated Employees (Medscape)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

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15 Oct 2021

Dr. Aja McCutchen -“How can we be so underrepresented and expect a big change?” (Interview)

“How can we be so underrepresented and expect a big change?” – Interview with Dr. Aja McCutchen
In a data driven world, it’ll become acutely obvious that our system is broken in terms of racial disparity. The drugs we have don’t work for all demographics. GI physician community is quite imbalanced in terms of race. Patients and future physicians will gravitate toward a more inclusive medical practice.
It’s already apparent that social determinants of health (SDH) influence health outcomes. Whether we recognize it or not, diversity and inclusion affects all of gastroenterology. It’ll affect the future of GI. It’ll affect private practice GI — for sure.
One of the most qualified people in our industry to understand this important topic is Dr. Aja McCutchen. She’s a Board Member of United Digestive and Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA).
In this interview, she shares her story – from the suburbs of Cleveland (“crazy Dave” drew her to medicine) to leading the field (GI has only 1% African American women). You’ll clearly understand the importance of paying attention to diversity and inclusion. 
Watch this incredible interview.
Dr. Aja McCutchen’s journey: Leading a field with only 1% African American women
“What do you find most fascinating about the field now?”
“One of the things that’s fascinating about medicine is that, you never stop learning, you never stop growing”
What does diversity and inclusion mean?
“Inclusion is celebrating the diversity”
◘  Is inclusion and diversity a problem or an opportunity?
“Some people unfortunately, look at different groups and have some preconceived notions”
“Sometimes differences are not accepted, when they absolutely must be celebrated and embraced”
What are the [inequity] problems in healthcare?
Why should the industry pay attention to this aspect of medicine?
“There’s a big gap in the medical literature in terms of representation of black and brown patients”
Is there a glass ceiling [in GI]?
“My black patients would come into the room and they would say: We are so happy to see you here. We have never seen a black GI doctor”
Being an African American or being a woman – which one is more challenging?
“If you look at numbers, 4% of gastroenterologists are African Americans and less than 1% are women”
As the Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DHPA, what is the agenda?
How does racism and bigotry play out in healthcare?
Five, ten years out, what is the vision to address this aspect?


By Praveen Suthrum, President & Co-Founder, NextServices. 

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15 Oct 2021

News Flash: GI Telehealth startup Oshi raises $23M

News Flash: GI Telehealth startup Oshi raises $23M
Oshi Health raises $23M Series A funding from:
Flare Capital PartnersBessemer Venture Partners and Frist Cressey Ventures co-led the round with a strategic investment from CVS Health Ventures. Individuals include noteworthy health industry veterans, including author and athenahealth cofounder Jonathan BushNat Turner and Zach Weinberg of Operator Partners and Flatiron Health, serial healthcare entrepreneur and IBD patient advocate Eric M. Stone, and Russell Glass the CEO of Headspace Health.
► CEO Sam Holliday said, “We have completely redesigned GI care delivery with our integrated, virtual-first model to address two core tenets: increasing access to the care that solves the patients’ needs and lowering the total cost of care for patients and purchasers. We are thrilled to join forces with this stellar group of healthcare investors to aggressively scale delivery of our life-changing, value-based care.”
Source: Oshi Health Secures $23 Million Series A to Scale Transformational Virtual Specialty Care
For those of you who’ve read Scope Forward, you can’t say you didn’t know GI would be transformed digitally.
Here’s Oshi Health from Scope Forward (Page 273).

15 Oct 2021

COVID 19 Billing for Labs

COVID 19 Billing for Labs
No one in the medical field is free from the impact of COVID-19, including labs. With the onset of the Delta variant, daily average cases in the US reached over 100,000+. The need to accelerate testing for as many patients as possible in shorter time windows and ensuring appropriate treatment has significantly burdened the healthcare ecosystem.
As a lab billing and revenue cycle management services provider, we are routinely approached on COVID-19 billing and reimbursement for uninsured patients. For independent lab owners, it is a call to assist the community by testing as many patients as possible. The same also offers a business opportunity, as reimbursements for COVID-19 tests increase revenues and provide the lab an opportunity to maximize the return on the capital investment in expense lab equipment and resources.
In this article, we offer a simple primer on billing claims for uninsured patients and the coding guidelines for billing COVID-19 tests.
The HHS launched COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) which provides claims reimbursement typically at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19.
But a recent survey has shown that there is confusion over codes and requirements for COVID-19 claims which has led to increased workloads, inconsistent claim volumes and an overall decrease in productivity. Amid such challenges, there is also a lack of expertise and resources to ensure accurate coding and billing is done as well.

Following is a guideline of the process to claim reimbursement for the uninsured:
What is covered?
Under this program, reimbursement will be given for COVID-19 specimen collection, diagnostic and antibody testing as determined by HRSA (subject to adjustment as may be necessary).
How to bill and get reimbursed for COVID-19 testing?
Step 1 – Enrollment
◘ Validate Tax Identification Number (validation may take 1-2 business)
◘ Add Provider Roster (5-7 business days after TIN validation)
◘ Setup Optum Pay ACH to get direct deposit (7-10 business days)
Step 2 – Patient Eligibility 
◘ Confirm that the patient is uninsured and check for patients’ healthcare coverage eligibility
◘ Non-US citizens are also considered eligible under this provision
Step 3 – Add and Attest to Patient Roster
◘ Complete patient attestation and upload patient roster with the following information (contrary to the notion that SSN is mandatory, any of the following details can be used for patient attestation):
→ 1/  First name, last name, and date of birth
→ 2/  Any state identification e.g., driver’s license
Step 4 – Claim Submission
◘ Payer ID information is required at this step
◘ All claims submitted must be complete and final
Step 5 – Receive Electronic Payment
Claims that are eligible for reimbursement are typically processed and paid within 30 business days.

HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program Coding Guidelines:
Testing Codes for Independent Labs 
Independent labs are dependent on the diagnosis information indicated by the provider and may not know the reason for testing when ordered by another provider. Therefore, the eligibility for claim reimbursement by diagnostic testing services performed by independent labs is different compared to hospital labs. HRSA will reimburse for specific COVID-19 diagnostic testing services (individual procedure codes) for any diagnosis only when performed by independent labs.
For testing to be eligible for reimbursement billed by an independent lab, claims submitted must include one of the following diagnosis codes:
Z03.818 – Encounter for observation for suspected exposure to other biological agents ruled out (possible exposure to COVID-19)
Z20.828 – Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other viral communicable (confirmed exposure to COVID-19)
Z11.59 – Encounter for screening for other viral diseases (asymptomatic)
Z11.52 – Encounter for screening for COVID-19, asymptomatic
Z20.822 – Contact with and (suspected) exposure to COVID-19
Z86.16 – Personal history of COVID-19
As an exception to the above requirement, single line-item claims for the following procedure codes with any diagnosis may also be eligible for reimbursement:
COVID-19 Tests:
U0001, U0002, U0003, U0004, 87635, 87426, 87428, 87636, 87637, 87811, 0225U, 0226U, 0240U, 0241U
Antibody Tests:
86318, 86328, 86769
Specimen Collection:
G2023, G2024
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15 Oct 2021

Curated GI articles October 8th, 2021: Practices with Surgery Centers: A Gem to Private Equity

Curated GI articles October 8th, 2021:
Practices with Surgery Centers: A Gem to Private Equity
Gastro Health Further Expands Presence in Ohio (Gastro Health)
Gastro Health continues to expand its presence in the state of Ohio through its newly-announced partnership with Gastro-Intestinal Associates, Inc.
PE GI Solutions announces the official integration of Gastroenterology and Liver Specialists of Tidewater with Capital Digestive Care (PE GI Journal)
The MSO will provide GLST with access to Capital Digestive Care’s robust infrastructure and advanced systems, IT capabilities and resources, along with the expertise of top healthcare executives.
10 gastroenterology companies ASC leaders should know (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
From device companies to providers, here are 10 gastroenterology companies to know as compiled by Becker’s.
Gastroenterology Data Trends 2021 (MDedge)
A detailed analysis that covers varied trends such as AI and machine learning, digital health, diversity in GI.
Diversity in gastroenterology in the United States: Where are we now? Where should we go? (GIE Journal)
Paper outlining diversity in GI including women in GI and underrepresented communities and how it also impacts the physician-patient relationship.
Practices with Surgery Centers: A Gem to Private Equity (Focus Investment Banking)
Practices with surgery centers are a unique subcategory in this very complicated industry consolidation, and they are very attractive to private equity buyers.
Balancing finances, quality care key to PE investment success (Becker’s ASC Review)
Private equity investors and ASCs must share a mission and values to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Colon Cancer diagnoses fell 40% in pandemic, and that’s not good news (Health Day)
Colon cancer numbers dropped dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean fewer people have the disease.
Artificial intelligence aids colonoscopies at Virginia VA medical center (Vantage point blog)
Doctors at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System recently implemented a new medical device that uses AI during colonoscopies to assist in recognizing and diagnosing cancerous growth.
Novel scoring tools developed for predicting risk of colon cancer and precancerous polyps (News Medical)
Researchers have created novel scoring tools for predicting the actual risk of colon cancer and advanced precancerous polyps for patients at average for the disease.
Hospitals saw more megamergers in the last quarter. Kaufman Hall explains why (Fierce Healthcare)
Hospitals and health systems only had seven mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter of the year, but the expected revenue surrounding those deals was $5.2 billion, a new report says.
MDs Doing Wrong-Site Surgery: Why Is It Still Happening? (Medscape)
The Sullivan Group, a patient safety consultancy based in Colorado, reports that in 2013, 2.7% of patients who were involved in wrong-site surgeries died and 41% experienced some type of permanent injury
COVID-19 GI symptoms not linked to mortality, but persist after hospitalization (Healio)
Patients with COVID-19 infection and gastrointestinal symptoms fared as well as their controls but often battled nausea afterward, according to a presenter at UEG Week Virtual.
AI in GI: 8 updates from the past 90 days (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Artificial intelligence is known by some gastroenterology leaders as the “biggest disrupter” of the industry — aiding GIs in identifying colon polyps and more.
Uniting the global gastroenterology community to meet the challenge of climate change and non-recyclable waste (BMJ)
Climate change has been described as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century1 and has significant implications for gastrointestinal (GI) health and disease.
Antihypertensive drugs ‘potentially prolong life’ for patients with colorectal cancer (Healio)
Low-cost antihypertensive drugs appeared associated with reductions in CRC-specific mortality among patients with stage I to stage III disease, according to results of a retrospective analysis published in Cancer Medicine.
Expert Picks From DDW 21: Pancreatic Research (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Franklin Kasmin, MD, a therapeutic endoscopist at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, discusses the most important research on pancreatic disorders .
Robotic-Controlled, Fully Automated Capsule Endoscopy on Par With Conventional Method  (Medscape)
Fully automated, magnetically controlled capsule endoscopy performs as well as conventional transoral gastroscopy for examining the stomach and small bowel.
Delivering ‘no surprise’ experiences with price transparency in health care (Fortune)
Providers, health insurance companies, and self-insured employers must overcome confusion, complexity, and outright concerns just to comply  with price transparency in health care.
Best Practices in Endoscope Reprocessing (Endoscopy Insights)
Dr. Larry Muscarella delves into more detail on reprocessing best practices and some of the challenges therein.

More Hot headlines in GI
ICYMI: Scope Forward podcast-PE Platform US Digestive Health

AGA Career Compass app (AGA)

New insights into the ‘second brain’ in the gut could inspire treatments for intestinal diseases, MSU team reports (Fierce Biotech)

Timothy Ritter, MD of GI Alliance Joins Iterative Scopes Scientific Advisory Board
(Business Wire)

IQ Endoscopes Completes £4 Million Series A Equity Funding Round (IQ Endoscopes)

Age and aging have critical effects on the gut microbiome (Science Daily)

Cognitive behavioral therapy improves psychosocial functioning in IBD (Healio)

Gearing up to go public, Babylon CEO outlines the company’s long-term game in digital health (Fierce Healthcare)

New Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Reach MD)

Study identifies sulfatase as potential drug target for inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer (Medical Xpress)

With $30B+ Raised in Three Quarters, Global Health Innovation Funding Is on Pace for 100% YOY Growth (StartUp Health Insights)

Hospital M&A: 13 recent deals by the numbers (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

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02 Oct 2021

Curated GI articles October 1st, 2021: With Tidewater, Capital Digestive Care doubles its footprint in Mid-Atlantic with 128 GIs

Curated GI articles October 1st, 2021:
With Tidewater, Capital Digestive Care doubles its footprint in Mid-Atlantic with 128 GIs
Medscape young physician compensation report 2021 (Medscape)
Physicians specializing in gastroenterology, orthopedics, and otolaryngology ranked the lowest in terms of compensation satisfaction.
Gastroenterology generates $3M in hospital revenue: 4 stats on GI incentives (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Gastroenterology is expected to have a deficit of 1,630 physicians by 2025, according to a report by physician search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins.
World’s best specialized hospitals 2022- Gastroenterology (Newsweek)
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was named the best hospital for gastroenterology in the world by Newsweek in its “World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022” list.
Gastrointestinal and Liver Specialists of Tidewater Finalizes Partnership with Capital Digestive Care
(Capital Digestive Care)
With the addition of GLST, CDC will double its footprint in the Mid-Atlantic, bringing the number of GI specialists serving the region to 128.
‘Profit-hungry bureaucracy’ or ‘much-needed capital investment’? How PE will shift the ASC industry (Becker’s ASC Review)
Twelve ASC leaders spoke with Becker’s about how they think private equity will shift the ASC industry.
Independence Blue Cross and US Digestive Health sign new five-year agreement (Independence Blue Cross)
“By entering into a 5 year partnership, USDH and Independence Blue Cross will ensure access to world-class GI care for members across the region,” said Jerry Tillinger, CEO of US Digestive Health.
U.S. Gastroenterology ASC market reflects impressive growth rate during 2019-2026 (AB Newswire)
The U.S. gastroenterology ambulatory surgery center market size is anticipated to reach USD 10.8 billion by 2026, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.
For ‘Nonexpert’ endoscopists, AI boosts competency in colonoscopy (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The use of AI to aid colonoscopy improved the detection of adenomas in the hands of non-expert endoscopists by 22%, versus conventional colonoscopy.
9 actionable ways to support gender equity in Gastroenterology (Health City)
The lack of gender parity in the male-dominated field has repercussions for physicians and patients. A new study offers ways to create change.
Embracing the future of AI in GI (Medtronic)
Listen to Sravanthi Parasa, M.D. as she speaks about the integration of AI for gastroenterologists and embracing the future.
Infection control in Gastroenterology (Ambu INC)
Facts and figures behind the risk of patient cross-contamination and the three main challenges associated with GI endoscope reprocessing.
Satisfai uses AI to detect early esophageal cancer (Canadian Healthcare Technology)
Satisfai Health’s licensing of AI-enhanced software will provide clinicians with faster, more effective diagnostics during endoscopic procedures.
CMS’ final payment rules take effect Oct. 1: 21 things to know (Becker’s Hospital CFO Report)
CMS released several final payment rules for fiscal year 2022 that will take effect Oct. 1. Read more for the breakdown of 21 things to know about the final rules.
Ongoing global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on endoscopy (Pub Med)
A Subsequent International Survey of 121 Centers From 35 Countries.
World’s first external independent randomized controlled trial of AI demonstrates accurate colonoscopy screening and surveillance (Globe News wire)
This is the world’s first randomized controlled trial of AI technology to conclusively show generalizability by independent, external validation.
A new dawn for the use of AI in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Pancreatology (MDPI)
Recent developments in deep learning have brought remarkable advances in image recognition, which facilitates improvement in the early detection of cancer by endoscopy, ultrasonography, and computed tomography.
Early endoscopy linked to superior outcomes in upper GI bleeding (Healio)
Compared with urgent endoscopy and late endoscopy, early endoscopy correlated with better outcomes among patients presenting with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
Leap into the future with GI Leap (ASGE)
GI Leap, ASGE’s online learning platform offers advanced technological features to provide a modern, optimal online learning experience that moves you forward in the field of GI endoscopic learning.
Best practices for inflammatory bowel disease (AGA)
Use of the measure flow charts by the AGA provides highest quality care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
No Surprises Act notice requirements: The good and bad news for providers (ICD-10 monitor)
The rule is scheduled to be effective Jan. 1, 2022 and will only affect those who are enrolled in insurance via their employers, as federal healthcare programs already prohibit this type of billing.

More Hot headlines in GI
ICYMI: Scope Forward podcast-PE Platform US Digestive Health

$94 million PCORI funding to support the next phase of PCORnet and new colorectal cancer study in older adults (News Medical)

Effects of intragastric balloon in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and advanced fibrosis (Medscape)

Expelled larger droplets during upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are transmission risk for COVID-19 (Endocrinology Advisor)

Eosinophilic GI Disease May Offer Protection Against Poor COVID-19 Outcomes (Medscape)

Mental Health Depends on Gut Health (Psychology Today)

First patient gets Gut-focused Autism ‘Drug’ (Inside Indiana Business)

Antidepressants slow the growth of Pancreatic and Colon cancers in mice
(Technology Networks)

Amazon taps VR, voice assistant startups and 8 others for inaugural digital health accelerator (Fierce Healthcare)

HHS awards nearly $1B to 1,300 health centers to support renovation, health equity
(Fierce Healthcare)

Female medical trainees report higher stress levels than male counterparts (Healio)

How CMS is boosting telehealth and RPM with new CPT codes (Healthcare IT News)

The Medical futurist guide To digital health for doctors (The Medical Futurist)

For $11.5B, Merck will acquire Acceleron (Bio World)

8 largest health insurers by revenue — UnitedHealthcare No. 1 at $257B
(Becker’s ASC Review)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

COVID-19: The Way Forward for Gastroenterology Practices
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25 Sep 2021

Curated GI articles September 24th, 2021: 10% physician pay cut by CMS looms large

Curated GI articles September 24th, 2021:
10% physician pay cut by CMS looms large
Video: Private equity, consolidation in GI ‘is here’, make the right move (Healio)
In this exclusive video, Ira Flax, MD, PA, MACG, private practitioner in Texas, discusses private equity in gastroenterology.
5 forces changing the game in GI (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
There are multiple disruptors in the gastroenterology field today. Here are five game-changers in GI, according to gastroenterologists.
GI societies push CMS for payment rules favorable for practices (AGA)
AGA, ACG, and ASGE submitted comments on proposed 2022 Medicare payments to physicians, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and hospital outpatient departments to the CMS.
First-of-its-kind study: Use of computer-assisted colonoscopies reduces the rate of missed lesions (Medical Xpress)
Researchers reported a relative reduction of the miss rate by nearly a third when computer-aided detection was used in conjunction with standard-of-care colonoscopy.
Understanding the evolving role of biosimilars in GI (Reach MD)
Biosimilars are making an impact in the GI field. Listen to Dr. Jennifer Caudle and Dr. Stephen Hanauer discuss the evolving role of biosimilars in anti-inflammatory care for GI patients.
Gastroenterology & Artificial Intelligence: Global Summit on 25th September, 2021 (ASGE)
This year’s Summit will showcase how to get started with AI in GI and endoscopy, challenges facing AI in GI, and AI and clinical applications.
Keep your private practice thriving during difficult times (Physician’s Weekly)
Despite a challenging and rapidly changing healthcare market during the past year, some private practices are on the path to recovery thanks to the implementation of best practices.
Iterative Scopes and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation announce partnership to advance AI-driven IBD therapeutic tools (Business Wire)
The partnership gives Iterative Scopes rights to access IBD Plexus® for the purpose of delivering AI-driven endoscopic solutions.
Studies explore financial, environmental costs of new Duodenoscopes (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
New single-use duodenoscopes could have higher financial and environmental costs than the reusable standbys at high-volume endoscopy centers.
10% physician pay cut by CMS looms large (Becker’s ASC Review)
The 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes a large pay cut for physicians to meet the budget neutrality requirements.
Clinicians See Barriers to Colonoscopy Completion After Abnormal Fecal Test (Medscape)
Many patients who receive abnormal fecal immunochemical test results may face a variety of barriers to colonoscopy completion, including cognitive and social factors, a recent study suggests.
SAT a promising and novel treatment for IBS with Rectal Hypersensitivity: Study (Medical Dialogues)
A study in the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology has suggested sensory adaptation training (SAT) to be a promising novel treatment for IBS with predominant constipation (IBS-C)
Rethinking Referrals: Insights from Providers (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The monograph sheds light on referral challenges and areas of improvement and provides recommendations for improving the referral process.
Are Mergers and Acquisitions the cure for shrinking hospital margins? (Health Leaders)
According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, 34% of healthcare executives say they plan to pursue M&A through next year.
15 million people may lose Medicaid coverage when public health emergency ends (Healio)
9 million adults and 6 million children are at risk, according to the analysis published by the Urban Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk (Medical Xpress)
A study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous.
Medicaid expansion improved early diagnosis of colon cancer (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The adoption of Medicaid expansion led to earlier diagnoses of colon cancer for Medicaid patients, lessening one key cancer disparity between insured and uninsured Americans
3 government trends keeping ASC leaders up at night (Becker’s ASC Review)
Eleven ASC leaders spoke with Becker’s ASC Review on the regulations, executive actions and upcoming legislation they’re most concerned with.
Fully automated capsule endoscopy feasible for gastric exams (MedPage Today)
Minimally invasive, magnetically controlled capsule comparable to conventional endoscopy, a study in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology has shown.
10 gastroenterologists to know (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
A list of influencers in gastroenterology compiled by Becker’s GI & Endoscopy.

More Hot headlines in GI
ICYMI: Scope Forward podcast-PE Platform US Digestive Health

SPAC Attack: The 10 biggest in healthcare (Fierce Healthcare)

Walgreens Boots alliance invests $970B in shields to ‘Further expand Its health care reach in communities’ (Home Health Care News)

136 Digital Health companies were acquired in the first half of 2021
(Mercom Capital Group)

Investors see promise in digital health — the challenge is adoption (MedCity News)

Common factors within the gut associated with depression & bipolar disorder (Reach MD)

How hospitals can get ahead of the coming CMS price transparency enforcement wave (DOTmed)

AHA pens oppositions to 2022 physician fee schedule proposed rule (Rev Cycle Intelligence)

Many top health systems still behind on digital patient access, report finds
(Fierce Healthcare)

Study finds more later-stage CRC diagnoses during pandemic
(MedPage Today)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

COVID-19: The Way Forward for Gastroenterology Practices
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18 Sep 2021

Curated GI articles September 17th, 2021: How the 2022 proposed Medicare payment rules impact GI

Curated GI articles September 17th, 2021:
How the 2022 proposed Medicare payment rules impact GI
ICYMI: Scope Forward podcast-PE Platform US Digestive Health
Praveen Suthrum’s open-ended conversation brings together the GI physician, the CEO, and the PE partner of US Digestive Health. Listen to this interview on the move!
How the 2022 proposed Medicare payment rules impact GI (MDedge)
The OPPS/ASC proposed rule was largely positive for GI, the PFS proposed rule is more of a mixed bag for practices.
What are GI’s biggest disrupters? (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Seven gastroenterology leaders spoke with Becker’s ASC Review on what they see as the biggest disrupter in the GI industry.
AI’s Help in Colonoscopy Led to Fewer Missed Adenomas (MedPage Today)
An AI-based system missed fewer adenomas and found more first-pass adenomas per colonoscopy than high-definition white light (HDWL) colonoscopies.
GI provider waited ‘months’ to tell 161,000+ patients they were exposed to ransomware attack 
(Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Houston-based GI Consultants allegedly waited months before informing the more than 161,000 patients that their data was exposed in a ransomware attack.
PE accelerating pace of gastroenterology consolidation (Vector Medical Group)
The pace of consolidation across the GI space has accelerated, led by a growing number of financial sponsors leveraging platform acquisitions to roll up physician-led practices across the US.
Medscape Hospitalist Compensation Report 2021 (Medscape)
Hospitalists’ challenges went beyond safety and affected their salary an income as the COVID-19 pandemic continued into 2021.
3 surgical techniques shaping gastroenterology (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Four gastroenterology leaders spoke with Becker’s ASC Review on the surgical technique that has had the most significant impact on their practice
Family History of Polyps Raises CRC Risk (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
A new study has found that siblings and children of people with colorectal polyps are at a significantly increased risk for CRC.
Consolidation in gastroenterology and growth of the private equity MSO (Fraser Healthcare)
Scott Fraser Founder and Managing Director of Fraser Healthcare shares his insights on private equity in GI.
What’s Driving Inpatient Endoscopy Delays? (Single use endoscopy)
Inpatient endoscopic procedural delays can greatly impact the quality of care and length of hospital stays, driving up costs and increasing the likelihood of adverse patient events.
Chemotherapy for colon cancer: What to expect (Medical News Today)
The article examines chemotherapy for colon cancer and its success rates, what an individual should expect from chemotherapy treatment-its side effects, and risks.
MS patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer may have shorter survival times, study finds (News Medical)
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer may be at a higher risk of dying from cancer or other causes over the next 6 months to one year.
Preparing for the Future of Pediatric Advanced Endoscopy (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The rise in incidences of pancreatic diseases, and the obesity epidemic in America has led to increase in associated biliary and gallstone diseases in children leading to an increase in endoscopic treatments.
7 Recent reports on IBD (Healio)
The report includes topics regarding COVID-19 and IBD, therapeutic research, a preview of the ACG annual scientific meeting and more.
“No Surprises” enforcement left to states, big questions left unanswered in HHS rule (MedCity News)
Enforcement of the No Surprises Act is still a work in progress. As for effort, whether patients will agree with that grade still remains to be seen.
Screening and prevention of colorectal cancer (The BMJ)
The review provides an overview of colorectal cancer, the current status of screening efforts, and the tools available to reduce mortality from colorectal cancer.
Diversity in GI ‘actually matters and actually saves lives’ (Healio)
Healio Gastroenterology had the opportunity to listen to GI leaders engaging in concrete change – from the launch of new associations to the mentorship of the next generation of gastroenterologists.
Risk Prediction Tools Often Ineffective for Use in EMR (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
For patients undergoing endoscopic mucosal resection of large colorectal lesions, risk models and scoring systems for bleeding and recurrence may not be worth the effort.
6 private equity deals to know (Becker’s ASC Review)
Physician practice deals heated up in the first half of the year; private equity firms were the buyer in 63 percent of the second-quarter deals.

More Hot headlines in GI
ACG Virtual Grand Rounds (ACG)

Pandemic lockdown tied to worse outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer, French study says (STAT)

The Role of AI in Digital Therapeutics (Pharmaceutical Executive )

Satisfai Health acquires global license for AI software to detect early cancer in Barrett’s Esophagus (News Wire)

The TOP100 Digital Health Companies In 2021 (The Medical Futurist)

HHS releases $25.5B in COVID-19 relief funding targeted at smaller providers
(Fierce Healthcare)

Practice Management Solutions Companies Raised $753 Million in the First Half of 2021 (Mercom Capital Group)

Payers, providers seek leeway on surprise medical bill ban going into effect in 2022
(Fierce Healthcare)

Five Emerging Concerns for the Health Care Industry as AI & Telehealth Converge (JDSupra)

AGA Clinical Practice Update: Expert Review on IBD dysplasia surveillance, management (MD edge)

Endoscopy market to reach $39.3B by 2026 (Becker’s ASC Review)

Penn Researchers Use Unique Imaging Technology to Map Cells Tied to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Penn Medicine News)

Study: 15M people could lose Medicaid coverage after COVID-19 emergency ends
(Fierce Health Payer)

A breakdown of 11 recent CMS actions (Becker’s Hospital CFO report)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

COVID-19: The Way Forward for Gastroenterology Practices
COVID-19 is a double whammy of both clinical and business disruption. This ebook will help you explore possible scenarios and be a guide in your plans for the future.
10 Sep 2021

Curated GI articles September 9th, 2021: The biggest threats to ASCs today

Curated GI articles September 9th, 2021:
The biggest threats to ASCs today
Scope Forward podcast – PE Platform US Digestive Health (Episode 27)
Praveen Suthrum’s open ended conversation that brings together the GI physician, the CEO and the PE partner of US Digestive Health. Listen to this interview on the move!
4 GI device updates to know (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
From a polyp-detecting device that uses machine learning to a system using imaging technology to identify ischemic tissue, here are 4 gastroenterology devices making headlines.
Coming Up:  ACG Virtual Grand Rounds 
The need to stay up to date on all the aspects of clinical GI never stops. Register for September 9 Virtual Grand Rounds on AI in GI and PE in GI soon.
Simple, non-invasive tool obviates unnecessary surgery in patients with CRC (News Medical)
A blood RNA test predicts whether residual tumour cells remain in early-stage colon cancer patients and obviates unnecessary surgery.
Discover 5 Top Startups developing Gastroenterology Solutions (StartUs Insights)
Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage, discover 5 hand-picked startups developing gastroenterology solutions.
Gastroenterology digital playbook (NHSX)
This playbook provides support to clinical teams and organizations that are looking for digital tools to support the delivery of patient pathways.
Upper GI bleeding common after acute MI, linked to poor prognosis (Healio)
In patients with acute MI, upper gastrointestinal bleeding occurred in 1.5% within 1 year and was associated with poor outcomes.
GIs ‘need a better understanding of the therapeutic options,’ physician says (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Brian Dooreck, MD, a gastroenterologist at Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers in Pembroke Pines, Fla., spoke with Becker’s ASC Review.
The biggest threats to ASCs today (Becker’s ASC Review)
ASCs have faced multiple challenges since the pandemic began, from limited elective procedures and temporary center closures to staff furloughs and high personal protective equipment costs.
Antibiotic use may increase IBS outcomes after colonoscopy (Healio)
The population-level impact of antibiotic use around the time of colonoscopy is small, but there may be individuals who are at risk for IBS based on  different factors.
Go Boldly: Stigma, the gut, and young adult colon cancer (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
Four experts discuss the increase in young adult colon cancer, why everyone needs to be cognizant of what’s being flush, and gut health.
August top 10: Vitamin D intake, ending physician burnout, the gut microbiome (Healio)
Healio Gastroenterology presents the following report on the top 10 peer-tested stories from August.
Colonoscopy clinical practice guidelines (Medscape)
Clinical guidelines in the form of best practice advice statements on improving the quality of screening and surveillance colonoscopy were published in August 2021 by the AGA.
10 issues every healthcare leader should be thinking about (Medcity News)
Issues that healthcare leaders should think about how to prepare their organizations for the post-pandemic environment.
Climate Change Demands ‘Green’ Endoscopy (Medscape)
Waste produced by endoscopy is the third-largest source in a typical hospital, equivalent yearly to burning 39 million pounds of coal or 13,500 tons of plastic.
September Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology (Newswise)
Addressing issues such as gender disparities in mentoring and meeting the needs of LGBTQI+ Patients.
Study finds accumulation of common therapeutic drugs by gut bacteria (News Medical)
Common medications can accumulate in gut bacteria, a new study has found, altering bacterial function and potentially reducing the effectiveness of the drug.
Nearly 1 in 3 IBD Patients Stops Biologic Therapy Within 18 Months (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Almost one-third of people followed in an inflammatory bowel disease registry stopped biologic therapy within 1.5 years, most often due to loss of response.
Colonoscopy retroflexion often poorly preformed in practice, study finds (News Medical)
A colonoscopy maneuver to better detect polyps in the right colon is often poorly performed in practice, according to a study published in BMC Gastroenterology.
New COVID-Related GI Symptoms Common in IBD Patients (Medscape)
Death from COVID-19 was not more likely among patients with IBD who had COVID-19 who developed new GI symptoms after becoming infected.
Monday morning rounds with CMS (Health IT answers)
Read more for recent communications from CMS regarding Quality payment programs, dates & deadlines.
10 tips for promoting ergonomics in the endoscopy suite (AGA)
Experts share ways to protect endoscopists with ergonomics, like making adjustments to maintain a neutral position.
Gastroenterology & Artificial Intelligence: Global Summit scheduled on 25th Sept, 2021 (ASGE)
This year’s Summit will showcase how to get started with AI in GI and endoscopy, apply AI to daily endoscopy practice, challenges faced in AI in GI and AI and clinical applications.
7th Annual Gastroenterology & Hepatology Update with Interactive Live Endoscopy – 2021 (Mayo Clinic)
This live and livestream course will provide the latest, state-of-the-art information on the diagnosis and management of common disorders.

More Hot headlines in GI
ICYMI: The Scope with Dr. Lawrence Kosinski and Praveen Suthrum
(HealthcareNOW Radio Podcast Network)

Medicare Changes: How will they impact compensation and revenue? (Forbes)

Podcast: How Can Diet Impact IBD Treatment & Management? (Reach MD)

Dr. Sharma’s Endoscopy Insights: Improving Colonoscopy Quality
(Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)

AMA releases more than 400 CPT code changes for 2022 to align with new tech services (Fierce Healthcare)

AGA says stay the course, despite the Delta variant (AGA)

Neptune device to stop looping during GI procedures receives FDA clearance (Bio World)

Clues to brain health may lie in the gut (Medical Xpress)

700-physician practice in Illinois invests in 2nd large medical group this year (Becker’s ASC Review)

FDA clears IND application for CAR-T to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (Healio)

Is there a place for Facebook in Healthcare? (The Medical Futurist)

Protagonist Therapeutics appoints gastroenterologist as executive VP (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Health tech funding snapshot (Fierce Healthcare)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

COVID-19: The Way Forward for Gastroenterology Practices
COVID-19 is a double whammy of both clinical and business disruption. This ebook will help you explore possible scenarios and be a guide in your plans for the future.
06 Sep 2021

Curated GI articles September 3rd, 2021: How Walmart and Amazon’s healthcare moves may affect ASCs (Becker’s ASC)

Curated GI articles September 3rd, 2021:
How Walmart and Amazon’s healthcare moves may affect ASCs (Becker’s ASC)
ICYMI: The Scope with Dr. Lawrence Kosinski and Praveen Suthrum (HealthcareNOW Radio Podcast Network)
Praveen Suthrum discusses the impact of private equity and the massive digital shift that is occurring in gastroenterology.
Disparities impact job satisfaction for women mentees, mentors in gastroenterology (Healio)
Career advancement and job satisfaction may be affected by the inequities that women mentees and mentors experience in the field of gastroenterology
Podcast: Why AI in GI, Why Now? (Medtronic)
Listen as Sravanthi Parasa, M.D. and Prateek Sharma, M.D discuss why and how AI can make an impact in gastroenterology.
Gastro Health expands footprint in Central Florida (South Florida Hospital News)
Gastro Health is expanding its presence to 19 locations in Central Florida after it acquired Gastro Center of Florida and Mid Florida Gastroenterology Consultants.
The great equalizer: Why these 3 GI physicians are excited about AI (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Three gastroenterologists have all pointed out artificial intelligence as the most exciting future disruptor for their field.
Top 3 Practice Management Strategies for Ongoing Success (Rev Cycle Intelligence)
Physician practices are recovering from devastating losses over the past year. Leaders share their practice management strategies for ongoing success.
AGA joins other societies urging health care workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine (Healio)
The AGA said it supports a statement signed by 58 societies promoting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health care.
ASC market to hit $33B by 2028 & 7 other analysis takeaways (Becker’s ASC Review)
The U.S. ASC market is poised for significant growth in the next seven years, according to a report from New York marketing research firm Research Nester.
Which Colon Cancer Screening Is Best? (Wtop News)
The best method will depend on a patient’s circumstances and preferences, skills of the physician, availability, and costs of different options in the specific health care system.
Risk of Colon Cancer Linked to Antibiotic Use (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)
There is a clear link between taking antibiotics and an increased risk of developing colon cancer,  a study of 40,000 cancer cases has found.
Behind the Mask: Gastroenterologist says the digestive system is not immune from the effects of COVID-19 (WTHR)
Dr. Mohammad Al Haddad said that some patients tend to have diarrhea, nausea, or cramps that take a few months to subside.
ASCs + CMS: The good, the bad and the ugly (Becker’s ASC Review)
CMS has made some moves to direct more surgeries to ASCs but has developed new policies making it more difficult to perform certain procedures there.
How Walmart and Amazon’s healthcare moves may affect ASCs (Becker’s ASC Review)
Walmart and Amazon have made big moves in recent years to expand their presence in the healthcare industry.
Key immune cells maintain healthy gut bacteria to protect against colorectal cancer (Medical Xpress)
The findings suggest new possibilities for the clinical approach to CRC , and also explains why this cancer often fails to respond to immunotherapies.
Women in medicine denied safe reporting systems for harassment (Healio)
About 40% of Women in medicine reduce their workload to part-time or leave medicine within 6 years of residency.
10 gastroenterologists to know (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Monthly list of influencers in gastroenterology compiled by Becker’s GI & Endoscopy.
4 physicians share what they wish they knew going into their career (Becker’s ASC Review)
Choosing the right mentor, the importance of continuing education, stress factors of healthcare are the top issues physicians wish they knew at the beginning of their career.
COVID-19: New GI symptoms don’t raise death risk in IBD (MDedge)
Death from COVID-19 was not more likely among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had COVID-19 who developed new GI symptoms after becoming infected.
Multi-Target Stool DNA to Detect Post-Colonoscopy Colorectal Neoplasia (Medical Bag)
The use of multi-target stool DNA  as an interval test for post-colonoscopy CRC’s had a high positive predictive value (PPV), according to results published in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.
Physician partnership sells endoscopy center to PE group in $5.7M deal (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
The tenants include GI practice Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, Minivasive Pain and Orthopedics, and the Kingwood Endoscopy Center.

More Hot headlines in GI
Chadwick Boseman’s death shed light on colon cancer, but rates remain high among Black people (NBC News)

VIDEO: Healthy gut may combat depression during COVID-19 pandemic (Healio)

ASGE releases 5-year strategic plan (ASGE)

Virtual Colonoscopy Software Market to witness Robust Expansion by 2027 (The Rebel Yell)

6 big ideas in healthcare innovation (Becker’s Health IT)

Top 10 ASC stories this summer (Becker’s ASC Review)

Video: The Time to Increase Our Adenoma Detection Rates Is Now (Medscape)

Burnout among PAs contributes to medical errors, mental health problems (Healio)

Endosound gains FDA breakthrough device designation for ultrasound system
(Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Resilience, a Modifiable Quality, Reduces Risk for IBD Hospitalizations
(Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)

Google overhauls health division & 11 other recent moves from health IT companies
(Becker’s Health IT)

Measurable devices optimize resiliency, prevent physician burnout (Healio)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

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COVID-19: The Way Forward for Gastroenterology Practices
COVID-19 is a double whammy of both clinical and business disruption. This ebook will help you explore possible scenarios and be a guide in your plans for the future.