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Video: Interview with Dr. Gagneja (ACG Governor for S. Texas): “Telemedicine is not a panacea!” (NextServices)
Practical wisdom from Dr. Harish Gagneja from Austin Gastroenterology, the largest single-specialty group in Austin.
Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry (The New Yorker)
Atul Gawande writes this insightful article regarding a cocktail approach to stay safe: hygiene measures, screening, distancing, and masks. Then he added culture as an afterthought.
There Are Tough Financial Days Ahead For U.S. Healthcare In The Wake Of The Coronavirus Pandemic (Forbes)
Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University, discusses the financial toll that the Covid-19 pandemic is taking on U.S. healthcare systems, and what the road ahead looks like.
20 Takeaways from Exact Sciences call: “Cologuard fits seamlessly into a permanently changed healthcare environment” (NextServices)
These takeaways are based on the Q1 2020 Earnings Call. Screening revenue was $219.5 million, an increase of 35%.
How 4 centers across the U.S. reopened & the new standards they set (Becker’s ASC Review)
In this article, four administrators share what they’ve done to reopen their centers and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Gastrointestinal symptoms affected one in four patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (MDedge)
Gastrointestinal symptoms affected 26% of patients and most commonly included diarrhea (18%), nausea (8%), vomiting (6%), and abdominal pain (2%), the researchers reported.
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.”
COVID-19: What Will Happen to Physician Income This Year?  (Medscape)
“Private practices are reaching the point where prior A/R will start to dwindle and they will start feeling the decline in new claims submissions.”
Industry Voices—7 things to consider before reopening your operating room (FierceHealthcare)
‘A local hospital we’ve worked with recently began contacting patients to reschedule their canceled elective surgeries and found that nearly 40% were unwilling to’.
COVID-19: Endoscopy Centers Try to Expect The Unexpected (GI & Endoscopy News)
Obviously, sticking with single-use scopes and other disposable equipment is “going to be ideal.”
N.J. reveals multi-stage coronavirus reopening plan. We’re in ‘Stage 1,’ Murphy says. (
This article from New Jersey (a red one) has useful infographics that describe Stage 1 to Stage 3 to a New normal. It’s one way to think about opening up.
IBD may require more intense care approach due to higher cost volatility (Healio)
Dr. Kosinski: “Payers and gastroenterologists need to work together to engage patients with high beta conditions, track symptoms, catch deterioration early, and intervene before it becomes a bigger problem.”
Treating Liver Disease During COVID-19: New Recommendations (Medscape)
New Recommendations by AASLD. Early reports suggest a 14%-53% incidence of liver injury in patients with COVID-19.
The ‘new normal’ for ASCs: 16 admins on how the pandemic will change the field forever (Becker’s ASC Review)
ASC administrators project what the “new normal” will be at their centers as a result of the pandemic.
Code Green: Telehealth Gone Viral, the Alternative e-Universe  (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
FAQs on reimbursable services from ASGE’s coding advisor Dr. Littenberg.
Implications of gastrointestinal manifestations of COVID-19 (The Lancet)
Ren Mao and colleagues report findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 35 studies, including 6,686 patients with COVID-19.
How COVID-19 affected procedure volume for 25+ specialties  (Becker’s ASC Review)
Researchers analyzed 2 million patient visits from 228 hospitals in 40 states over a two-week period in March and April in both 2019 and 2020.
Simple Strategies Can Lessen GI Burnout (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, physicians in this country were confronting a different kind of epidemic: burnout.

Headlines for GI
Hospitals Knew How to Make Money. Then Coronavirus Happened (The New York Times)
Thoughts on COVID-19 Care (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Telemedicine – The Emerging Face of Healthcare Amidst COVID-19 (NextServices)
HHS grants $15M to 150+ providers for telehealth training, support (Becker’s Hospital Review)
CMS issues more rule changes to cope with COVID-19 — are they enough? (Healio)
AMSURG Develops Toolkit to Guide Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Providing Safe, Quality Patient Care (Yahoo Finance)
Colonoscopy prep is changing — here’s how (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
Amazon extends telemedicine pilot to warehouse employees in Seattle area (CNBC)

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