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Summer 2011 Newsletter

Opportunities for Healthcare Cost-Cutting

Steven J. Morris Steven J. Morris, MD, FACP, PCC board chair

With hospital facilities charging patients 300 to 1,000 percent more than primary care physicians for various services, the need for change is at an all-time high. Read more to discover Dr. Morris’ perspective on innovative opportunities that exist to reduce healthcare costs for patients, providers and this country.

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Why Do Both Patients and Providers Prefer Propofol?

Stanford Plavin An interview with Stanford Plavin, MD, PCC vice chair

Due to the increased benefits and outcomes that propofol provides patients, the drug has become the standard agent used for endoscopy/ colonoscopy. Find out why this drug has become popular with both doctors and patients.

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Legislative Update: DOD Appropriations Act Contains CRC Research Funding

With a bi-partisan vote of 336-87, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriation Act providing funding for $332 million of cancer research. See the value and difference research funding makes in the fight against colorectal cancer.

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Spotlight on Advocacy: Confronting Colorectal Cancer at a Young Age

Advocacy Spotlight Although cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in young adults, facts show that doctors overlook the key symptoms of colorectal cancer in the younger demographics. Schooner Healthcare intern Stephanie Carneal researched this topic and discovered that early detection and education is the key to increasing patient survival rates.

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Raising Screening Rates with Grassroots Coalitions

According to a recent survey conducted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer screening rates have risen across the nation. Despite this fact, one in three adults over the age of 50 has not received any method of screening. See how grassroots efforts are combating this dilemma by raising public awareness.

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In the News

  • CRC Screening Rates Improve When Patients Use Navigator
  • Early Chemo an Effective Post-Surgery Treatment
  • Researchers Identify Probable Colorectal Cancer Marker

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