Curated GI articles Mar 25th, 2021: Backlog of a half million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds

Curated GI articles Mar 25th, 2021: Backlog of a half million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds

Curated GI articles Mar 25th, 2021:
Backlog of a half million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds
Author of VRx Dr. Brennan Spiegel: We used VR on over 3,000 patients (Interview) (NextServices)
Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System. This is a historic, one-of-a-kind interview that lays out the digital future for GI from the lens of virtual reality (VR).
Scope Forward podcast – Rock Rockett: Yes, you can stay small and independent. But, it’s a qualified yes (Episode 21)
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.
Capital Digestive Care Partners with Temple Hills Gastroenterology  (GlobeNewsWire)
This partnership will expand Capital Digestive Care’s reach in southern Maryland and will help meet the needs of patients and physician groups in the under-served Temple Hills community.
How 5 states are using Google Cloud for COVID-19 vaccination efforts (Becker’s Health IT)
Google Cloud launched its Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution in February to help get vaccines to communities quickly and efficiently.
FDA gives IDE approval for pivotal study of prep-free colorectal screening capsule (Medical Plastics News)
Check-Cap, a clinical stage medical diagnostics company advancing the development of C-Scan, the first and only preparation-free screening test to detect polyps before they may transform into CRC.
PE-backed One GI acquires 26-physician Ohio practice (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
One GI has acquired Dayton Gastroenterology, the second- largest independent GI practice in the state. One GI is expected to acquire the largest gastroenterology group in Louisville, Ky., by the end of March, bringing its number of physicians to about 96 across four states.
PE GI, New Jersey endoscopy center acquire new ASC (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
PE GI Solutions, formerly named Physicians Endoscopy, first partnered with ACE in 2012. PE GI partners with 60 gastroenterology centers and more than 600 gastroenterologists nationwide.
CMS allows MIPS reporting relief for 2020 performance period (AGA)
CMS also reopened the period to apply for an EUC exception and extended the deadline to March 31 to allow participants to request MIPS performance category reweighting.
Precision Medicine Takes Center Stage in GI Cancer (Cancer Network)
To best utilize these therapies, oncologists must be able to recognize specific biomarkers and oncologic drivers associated with an individual patient’s cancer diagnosis. This is true, in particular, for oncologists specializing in the care of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.
Nationwide clinical research study involves blood test to potentially detect colorectal cancer (WGRZ)
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is partnering with biotech company Freenome to recruit participants who are of average risk and plan to undergo a routine colonoscopy.
Backlog of a half-million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds (Medical Xpress)
By January 2021 researchers estimated the backlog was 476,000, and this figure could potentially rise to more than 870,000, should there be a further full or partial lockdown and/or a slow return to normality.
Ophthalmology, GI among 5 largest CMS spending drops during early days of pandemic (Becker’s ASC Review)
The report found that in the first six months of 2020, the total estimated reduction in Medicare physician spending associated with the pandemic was $9.4 billion, a 19 percent drop.
Sepsis, Colorectal Surgery Linked With Increased C. diff Recurrences  (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Their review of a national database showed 43% of individuals with three or more CDI recurrences experienced sepsis and more than 10% required colorectal surgery.
Novel marker bests traditional measures in understanding gut function (Healio)
A novel blue dye marker was a more informative marker of gut microbiome function compared with traditional measures, according to a study published in Gut.
Postpandemic Vision: Half of Cancer Visits via Telemedicine (Medscape)
After the pandemic, an estimated 33% of patients could be seen using video visits, and 13% could be seen using phone visits; thus, 46% of patient visits could be performed remotely.
GI drugmaker partners with diagnostics company (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Sebela Pharmaceuticals and CellMax Life have entered a strategic development and commercial collaboration partnership to accelerate the development of CellMax’s multimodal liquid biopsy blood test.
GI Cancer Expert Is Searching for Big Leaps in Care (OncLive)
John L. Marshall, MD has concentrated on early-phase trials, particularly genomic and biomarker studies, looking for giant leaps in GI cancer care rather than small steps.
From disruption to innovation: Lasting changes to care delivery (Becker’s Health IT)
If there’s a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that we’ve finally opened the door to new care paradigms — and opened minds to new possibilities.
Podcast: COVID-19 Vaccines and the GI Practitioner (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
In this episode, Adam Marcus talks with Freddy Caldera, DO, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines and what questions gastroenterologists might field from their patients about the injections.
Q&A with Dr. Eric Topol: Remote care and the future of care delivery (Fierce Healthcare)
Virtual care must become more advanced and it will need to be tailored to meet the patient’s needs before it becomes a mainstream and permanent fixture in the care delivery model, Dr. Eric Topol said.

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ICYMI: Who’s interested in buying Gastro Health, at what valuation & what it could all mean (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Cancer screenings bounced back after steep pandemic declines (Healthcare Dive)

9 studies that have GIs talking so far in 2021 (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Podcast: Do Teams Work Better Than Solo Providers? Spoiler Alert: Yes (Health Affairs)

The next frontier for Physicians Endoscopy: Expanded services and a new name (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Bowel Preparation Quality: How to Get Perfect Bowel Preparation For Every Patient (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)

ZIP code vs. genetic code: Understanding CRC disparities in Black Americans (Healio)

TNF Inhibitors for IBD May Open Door to SARS-CoV-2 (MedPage Today)

Colonoscopy Records Often Missing for Patient Self-Reports (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)

What Motus GI CEO Tim Moran hopes to achieve in 2021 (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

Hospital case volume linked with better GI cancer surgery outcomes (Healio)

The 5 Levels Of Automation In Medicine (The Medical Futurist)

Olympus files patent infringement related to colonoscopy devices (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

US preventive services task force update and computed tomography for colorectal cancer screening among privately insured population (MDLinx)

Adherence to Antireflux Lifestyle Factors Shows Benefit in Women (Medscape)

What ASC companies did in Q1: 11 notes (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)

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

Videos: Interviews with GI Leaders  (NextServices)

Helio Health Announces China NMPA Acceptance of Registration Application for Helio Liver Test (PRNewswire)

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