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New ebook – COVID-19: The Way Forward for GI Practices (NextServices)
COVID-19 is a double whammy of both clinical and business disruption. Download this free eBook. Part 2 to launch this week. “This is so good” “Terrific insights”
Exact Sciences pivots to telemedicine in a COVID-19 world — 4 quotes on the company’s Q1 performance (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
“Post-COVID outlook: Cologuard fits into that market very well.”
Doctors Without Patients: ‘Our Waiting Rooms Are Like Ghost Towns’ (The New York Times)
As many as 60,000 physicians in family medicine may no longer be working in their practices by June because of the pandemic.
Coding and coverage for telehealth and eVisits during the COVID-19 crisis (AGA)
Updated coding and coverage for telehealth and eVisits during the COVID-19 crisis.
Walmart Health expands as physician practices face cash crunch (Becker’s CFO Report)
With more than 5,000 stores and clubs nationwide, Walmart has the potential to upend the way many Americans receive medical care.
COVID-19: 8 Steps for Getting Ready to See Patients Again (Medscape)
“Reopening the economy or loosening physical distancing restrictions will be difficult when 20% of primary care practices predict closure within four weeks”.
GI nurse practitioner delivering telemedicine at home (Killeen Daily Herald)
‘Point at your stomach and show me where you are having this pain’ is what a GI nurse practitioner says to her patients.
Paying private insurers Medicare rates would tank hospital revenue by 35%, study finds (HealthcareDive)
The gap between Medicare and commercial rates is growing due to forces like rampant provider consolidation, making it difficult for private payers to negotiate rates.
Guide to COVID-19 financial assistance programs for physicians (AGA)
AGA’s guide to COVID-19 financial assistance programs for physicians [updated].
5 Reasons Why Telehealth Is Here To Stay (COVID-19 And Beyond) (Forbes)
33% of consumer respondents would leave their current physician for a provider who offered telehealth access.
The Regueiro Report: IBD Live (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The SECURE-IBD registry includes data on nearly 600 patients with IBD and COVID-19 from 30 countries.
Colorado GI practice’s surgical schedules begin to ‘fill up’ (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
The GI practice is not alone in seeing an uptick. Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants in Fort Collins lost 55% of its imaging cases but is also seeing elective procedure volume return.
AGA issues guideline on COVID-19 case management (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Gastrointestinal symptoms were associated with COVID-19 patients in less than 10% of cases. Seven best practices to implement for the consultative management of COVID-19.
Video: Interview with Abe M’Bodj: Impact of COVID-19 on private equity in gastroenterology (NextServices)
Don’t miss this super insightful interview with Abe M’Bodj from Provident Healthcare Partners, an investment bank that’s been active in gastroenterology.
Video: Healthcare Has Left the Building (a16z)
The healthcare system is getting unbundled—and everything from where we get our care to what our medicines will look like to even how we experience symptoms will look very different in the future.
The Scope: the Financial Fallout of the Covid-19 Pandemic (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Joseph Losurdo, MD, a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, discusses the financial resources available to GI practices in the Covid-19 pandemic, and more.

Transforming healthcare with AI: The impact on workforce and organisations (McKinsey & Company)
Download this 134-page white paper and invest the time to understand the role of AI in healthcare.


More Hot Headlines for GI
The ‘beginning of the end’ of the health-care recession is ‘finally arising,’ Jim Cramer says (CNBC)
COVID-19 Conversations: ASGE President Dr. Mergener’s conversation with Professor of Vaccinology Florian Krammer (ASGE)
Survey: U.S. payers feel well-positioned to survive COVID-19 (FierceHealthcare)
97% of practices feel COVID-19 financial sting: Where to get help (AMA)
Introducing the GI COVID-19 Connection (AGA)
Top 3 financial challenges young doctors face (Physicians Practice)
New protection barrier for endoscopic procedures in the era of pandemic COVID-19 (Elsevier Health)
New Risk Grid Aims to Protect IBD Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic (Medscape)
GI and IBD in COVID Times: The new “Normal” by Prof. Siew NG (AIG Hospitals)
Perspective: Helping Our Hospitals so They Can Continue to Care for Us (American Hospital Association)


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

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