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Banding Bulletin – August 2017

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Banding Bulletin – August 2017

In this Bulletin, we’ll direct you to some new resources to help you care for your anorectal patients, discuss the results of our annual survey, fill you in on our conference schedule and provide an update on the proposed reimbursement changes for GI related anesthesia!

Journal Piece and ASGE Video

We are often asked to provide a summary of the diagnostic workup and therapy of patients with hemorrhoids and a host of anorectal issues, and we’d love to point you towards two resources that attempt to do just that. The July edition of Current Gastroenterology Reports has a piece authored by my late grandmother’s favorite doctor, titled “The Evaluation and Office Management of Hemorrhoids for the Gastroenterologist.” For non-subscribers, you can access the Abstract here.

This spring, the ASGE released a video titled “Evaluation of the Anorectum: Physical and Endoscopic” that is now available in the ASGE library. Dr. Waqar Qureshi of Baylor (Houston) and I hope that this video will help you in your day-to-day practice. The ASGE is granting CME credit alongside the video.

We’ve also recently expanded our own video library, and have updated our CRH Medical app that is available both for iOS and Android devices.

The Annual CRH Medical Survey

We just concluded this year’s annual survey and we’d like to thank everyone who participated. We use this information to better understand how we are doing and how we can improve our training, service and support programs. This year, we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback, and are grateful for the questions and suggestions we received!

For those of you who did not fill out the questionnaire, we’d love to hear from you as well! Please email ME any questions you might have, or to request information about our technology, procedures and recommended treatment protocols. We are here to support you in any way that we can!

We Would Love to Visit You!

Over the past few months, we have expanded our training capacity to not only include our physician trainers (Dr. Andy Gorchynsky, Dr. Jarrod Kaufman and me), but our Clinical Support Specialists (Laura Galarza and Mia Nguyen). We are able to come to your practice to demonstrate our “tips and tricks,” help you evaluate your more challenging patients, answer any questions you might have, work with your Partners or midlevels, etc. There is never a cost to you for these visits, so please let ME know if a visit would be helpful and we’ll get you on our schedule!

CRH on the Road!

Members of our clinical staff along with our anesthesia team will be attending some upcoming conferences including the ACG Regional Meetings in St. Louis the weekend of August 25th, and in Williamsburg, VA the weekend of September 8th. We’ll also be at the FGS Annual Meeting (in West Palm Beach, FL) and PSG Annual Meeting (in Farmington, PA) on September 9-10 as well as the OGS Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH on September 16th.

And of course, we are looking forward to seeing everyone at ACG National in Orlando, FL which is now just a couple of months away! We will be unveiling our NEW booth at booth #1321 and holding a contest where one winner will be awarded an iPad. Please come by and visit with us!

CMS Proposed Reimbursement Changes for GI Anesthesia Released

CMS recently released its proposed changes to reimbursement rules for GI related anesthesia, and we’ve been approached by many individuals who are uncertain as to how these changes will affect their practice. Jay Kreger, our President of CRH Anesthesia Management, has written a brief piece to help explain these changes, which can be found HERE. If you would like more information regarding these changes, or to learn more about how you can monetize some of the equity that you’ve built into your current anesthesia program, please let ME know! If you currently do not have your own program, we can also show you the benefits of having a program built for you.

CRH Anesthesia Management recently announced an acquisition in Western Florida, bringing the total number of ASCs we are servicing to 28, spread across 7 States.

Thanks again for checking out this edition of the Banding Bulletin. Please let me know if there is anything that we can do in order to “help the cause” at your practice, and have a great day!

Best,
Mitch

 

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