New Insurance Policy Irks Some GIs (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Patients insured by Empire BlueCross BlueShield will now need preapproval to receive care in a hospital outpatient setting if another facility, such as a freestanding ASC, could be used instead.
8 recent GI expansions (Becker’s GI & Endoscopy)
GI Alliance expanded to Utah, Colorado and Illinois in the past month. Here are eight recent expansions from gastroenterology practices and groups.
No Surprises Act Passes, Targeting Unexpected Bills (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
The No Surprises Act goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. It prohibits out-of-network providers or facilities from balance billing patients in both emergency and nonemergency settings.
Building a Better FIT Test for Colon Cancer Screening (Medscape)
An antibody-based multitarget fecal immunochemical test (mtFIT) is more accurate in detecting advanced neoplasia compared with the standard FIT test, without compromising specificity, report Dutch researchers.
Fiber Dose Boosts FMT Effects in Clinical Trial (Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News)
Fiber supplementation appeared to modulate the response to fecal microbiota transplantation in patients with severe obesity and metabolic syndrome, researchers have found.
Physicians Turning to Side Gigs for Extra Pay (Medscape)
To gauge the prevalence of side gigs among physicians, Medscape surveyed more than 2500 practicing doctors in the United States about their side gigs ― what they do, what they earn, and what they hope to gain.
Mary Thomson, MD: The Future of NASH Care (HCPLive)
Thomson, a lead author on TARGET-NASH, recently told HCPLive® that statin use is underutilized in this patient population, largely due to the risks associated with the treatment for additional liver damage.