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Colorectal Cancer Updates 2015

GIs Say Looming CMS Hit To Colonoscopy Payments May Cause Them To Cut Procedures

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Faced with cuts in Medicare reimbursement for colonoscopy, some gastroenterologists said they might reduce the number of procedures they do and retire earlier than they had intended, according to a recent survey.

Although hypothetical, a shrinking GI workforce could hinder the ongoing initiative of extending screening for colorectal cancer to more of the eligible population.

NPR: Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion

Friday, November 13, 2015

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it. Lower-income communities in the United States face $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because of premature deaths due to colon cancer, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Shute, 11/13)

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