Curated GI articles Apr 1st, 2021:
AI increases ADR detection in CRC screening (Healio)
Covid Has Traumatized America. A Doctor Explains What We Need to Heal (NY Times)
The physical and emotional concerns, central to palliative care, have forced their way into so many of our lives during the pandemic, even as we edge toward some skewed version of normalcy.
Scope Forward podcast – AGA talk: What must you know when considering PE (8 factors, 4 risks) (Episode 22)
Listen to the interviews while on the move! Praveen Suthrum’s conversations with GI leaders are now available via the Scope Forward podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and elsewhere.
ASCs should ‘look beyond the financial’ when considering private equity (Becker’s ASC Review)
ASCs can partner with private equity-backed platforms as a way to capitalize on future value and mitigate risks, but some ASC leaders warn that partnering with private equity firms requires consideration of costs outside the financial.
5 Key Diligence Considerations When Buying a GI Practice (JDSUPRA)
Private equity investors’ interest in gastroenterology (GI) practices continues to remain strong, despite some headwinds that GI practices have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and further investment in this sector is likely to continue.
DiGI Capital Partners invests in stool AI company (AF21)
Over the course of five cycles, stool AI (stAI) was able to associate neural firing patterns with specific stool smells. It accurately detected eight of the smells 100% of the time, and remaining two with 90% accuracy.
Pandemic Strain on Physician Practices Drives More Consolidation (Bloomberg Law)
Physician services was one of the top five active sectors for health-care transactions in February and is on pace to reach well over 300 deals in 2021.
Partnership streamlines genetic counseling, testing to identify hereditary GI cancer (Healio)
The program automates the process for genetic screening by sending to patients that are being seen in GI practices an electronic family history assessment tool in order to risk stratify them for the need for genetic testing.
Artificial intelligence increases adenoma detection in CRC screening (Healio)
The addition of real-time computer-aided detection in colonoscopy significantly increased the adenoma detection rate and adenomas detected per colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening.
Two GIs on the biggest threats to gastroenterology (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Misunderstandings of Cologuard and shifts in reimbursement are some concerns gastroenterologists have for the field. Read to find out what the threats are.
CEO predicts Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan will help ASCs (Becker’s ASC Review)
Jason Richardson, CEO of Gastroenterology of the Rockies spoke about the influx of private equity in the ASC industry and how he thinks President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, could help ASC.
NYU Langone’s new grant seeks to address CRC disparities (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
New York City-based NYU Langone received a $2.2 million grant to expand a program addressing disparities in colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal health.
Gastroenterologists Routinely Reverse DNR Orders, Survey Finds (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Gastroenterologists reverse “do not resuscitate” orders to full code status more than 75% of the time prior to starting endoscopy, the results of a recent study show.
The smartest thing 7 ASC execs did last year (Becker’s ASC Review)
Last year the pandemic forced many ASCs to close or limit surgical volume, but enterprising administrators took the time as an opportunity to evaluate their growth strategy, improve culture, acquire new technology and become more efficient.
AI-powered imaging technique is pushing CRC risk management forward (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
A team at Washington University in St. Louis developed an imaging technique for rectal tissues to assess risk management of colorectal cancer. AR-PAM/US imaging was better at discerning residual cancer from scar tissue compared to other techniques.
GI pharmaceutical company launches website for advanced practice providers (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Salix Pharmaceuticals, announced the launch of its website, GastroHub – that provides resources and educational materials for GI nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Did the pandemic change ASC-hospital relationships? (Becker’s ASC Review)
ASCs and hospitals shared resources and collaborated on protocols for performing safe surgical procedures to ensure the continuity of care for patients who didn’t have COVID-19. But will the harmony last?
Reducing deaths from colorectal cancer (Kaiser Permanente)
Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, MAS, a research scientist at the Division of Research and a gastroenterologist with The Permanente Medical Group, spoke about colorectal cancer research and prevention.
Extending intervals may help accommodate COVID-19-related colonoscopy reductions (Healio)
In the wake of a COVID-19 wave, extending screening intervals may be the best way to accommodate the reduction in available colonoscopy capacity with the smallest impact on the incidence of colorectal cancer.
Video: A New Playing Field: ACG’s Latest Guidelines Move the Goalposts for CRC Screening (Medscape)
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) just released their 2021 clinical guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. Insights by David A. Johnson, MD.
More Hot headlines in GI
ICYMI: Who’s interested in buying Gastro Health, at what valuation & what it could all mean (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Video: Genomic Profiling in Early CRC (Cancer Network)
COVID-19: 1st wave significantly reduced GI neoplasia detection (Healio)
New computational models to understand colon cancer (EurekAlert)
Do top GI hospitals ranked by U.S. News have better outcomes? (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Minimizing the Pesky Placebo Response in IBS Trials (MedPage Today)
Endoscopic Accessory Disposal: Too Conservative, Too Costly? (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
VIDEO: Six ways clinicians can address rising anti-Asian sentiment (Healio)
What Covid-19 Taught Us About Telemedicine (The Wall Street Journal)
COVID-19 transmission during endoscopy unlikely in lockdown setting (Healio)
IBD Centers Urged to Become Vaccination Hubs (Medscape)
The future of gastroenterology and other excerpts on industry-changing trends (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders (NextServices)
Busting Myths About Diverticulitis Management (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
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