Curated GI articles Feb 17th, 2021: Who will buy Gastro Health | US Digestive does 4 deals | Oshi offers virtual GI care

Curated GI articles Feb 17th, 2021: Who will buy Gastro Health | US Digestive does 4 deals | Oshi offers virtual GI care

Curated GI articles Feb 17th, 2021:
Who will buy Gastro Health | US Digestive does 4 deals | Oshi offers virtual GI care
At Current Vaccination Pace, When Can US Expect Herd Immunity? (Medscape)
It could take almost 9 more months to vaccinate 70% of Americans against SARS-CoV-2 infection and reach a herd immunity threshold.
Scope Forward podcast – Dr. Ellen Scherl: We must reclaim our role as healer‪s (Episode 16)
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 PodcastsSpotify and elsewhere.
Who’s interested in buying Gastro Health, at what valuation & what it could all mean (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
In conversation with Eric Major, director at Provident, and Praveen Suthrum, president of NextServices, about what a potential deal could look like, who the platform could sell to and what the ramifications of such a deal would mean to the industry.
Telehealth Coding and Reimbursement in 2021  (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The liberal stance that the agency took last spring will persist throughout the calendar year 2021, and at least until the end of the public health emergency for private payors.
Biden unveils $1.9 trillion relief package: 10 things to know  (Becker’s Hospital CFO Report)
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion relief package that includes more than $400 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic directly. Here is a breakdown of 10 things to know about the proposal.
A relatively high rate of COVID-19 vaccination intent was observed among inflammatory bowel disease populations; however, long-term safety concerns were common.
Physicians Endoscopy part of 3-way joint venture acquisition of New Jersey center (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
N.J.-based Hudson Bergen Endo Surgical Center was acquired by Physicians Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy in partnership with Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name Medical Center.
Amulet-Backed US Digestive Health Continues Partnership Expansion  (PRNewswire)
Including these new partnerships, US Digestive Health now oversees a network of gastroenterology providers and services with 26 locations, 92 physicians, and more than 700 total employees.
Oshi Health Virtual Gastrointestinal Care Is Now Available in Pennsylvania and Florida (PR Web)
Oshi Health is the first virtual care clinic for gastrointestinal conditions designed around patient needs: convenience, accessibility, and centrally-coordinated care.
5 stats on GI salary & incentive bonuses: Physicians Thrive  (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Gastroenterologists had the lowest regional median salaries of the other four physician specialties included in the regional breakdown of the report: cardiology, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular surgery and neurological surgery.
Iterative Scopes Announces Partnership with Eli Lilly and Company  (PRNewswire)
The initial focus of this collaboration is to work together to advance machine learning algorithms being developed by Iterative Scopes to improve upon current endoscopic clinical trial endpoint assessments, with the goal of advancing the use of AI applications for IBD clinical trials.
AI in GI: 7 updates since 2020 (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Artificial intelligence is a growing area in gastroenterology. It’s something NextServices President Praveen Suthrum predicted as an industry disruptor in his book, Scope Forward, and last year marked several advancements.
Amazon’s healthcare moves: 7 notes for ASCs and physicians  (Becker’s ASC Review)
The company has launched initiatives to aid the COVID-19 vaccine efforts, make the supply chain more efficient and expand virtual care. Here are seven things to know.
Robotic Total Gastrectomy Pricier, but Has Some Advantages Over Traditional Laparoscopic Approach (Medscape)
Further, they say robotic surgery provides patients with a radical treatment that is not inferior to laparoscopic surgery and with faster postoperative recovery.
More Support for Diet to Prevent Colorectal Cancer  (MedPage Today)
Dietary patterns and risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) are clearly linked, according to an umbrella review of meta-analyses of prospective observational studies.
GI Twitter: Using social media to engage with the GI community  (Healio)
Engagement with social media has become a huge part of society, especially in health care. Further, the use of social media has increased in the field of gastroenterology over the past 10 years.
Drive-by ‘FluFIT’ Clinics May Boost CRC Screening During COVID Pandemic  (Medscape)
Drive-by clinics that offer fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) may be a good way to boost colorectal cancer (CRC) screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video: Fatty Liver Foundation looks to ‘blunt’ liver disease epidemic (Healio)
Wayne Eskridge, founder and CEO of the Fatty Liver Foundation spoke about the goals the foundation has this year, including increasing screening for liver disease and working around the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMART Medical Systems receives Additional FDA Clearance for its G-EYE® Colonoscope  (PRNewswire)
The G-EYE® Colonoscope is a 510(k) cleared colonoscope, remanufactured by SMART to include a proprietary balloon at its distal bending section.

More Hot headlines in GI
Early COVID-19 Treatment Successful–Despite Skeptics (PRNewswire)

6 COVID-19 Updates: 1st South Africa variant reinfection case confirmed; UK variant likely deadlier, scientists say (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Are Gastroenterologists too Slow to Spot Celiac Disease? (

Video: GUILD set for first hybrid conference (Healio)

Gastro Health affiliate begins using single-use duodenoscope in Alabama (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

How 9 hospital innovation chiefs want health IT to further adapt to the pandemic (Becker’s Health IT)

1918 Pandemic Provides Warning About COVID-19’s Future (Futurity)

Q&A: Nearly a third of obese adults with NAFLD achieve weight loss (Healio)

COVID-19 Boosts Number of Docs Seeking Obesity Certification (Medscape)

7 recent reports on COVID-19 in gastroenterology (Healio)

Winter weather continues to wreak havoc; more ASC closures expected (Becker’s ASC Review)

Paging Dr. Burnout: How to alleviate physician administrative burden and still reach value-based care goals (MedCity News)

The future of gastroenterology and other excerpts on industry-changing trends (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

10 ways Amazon, Google & Microsoft are assisting with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout (Becker’s Health IT)

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