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Issue Brief 14 - CMS Cutbacks on Reimbursement Rates May Effect Colonoscopy Screening Availability

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

 

Issue Brief 14 thumbnailCMS Cutbacks on Reimbursement Rates May Effect Colonoscopy Screening Availability (HTML | PDF)

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths and yet it is one of the cancers that through screening and healthy choices is preventable and treatable. The Gold Standard for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy utilizing propofol. Since the introduction of propofol as an anesthesia agent, studies have shown that actual procedure times have been reduced but the American Gastroenterological Association argues that changes in technology and screening guidelines have increased the time and intensity of the work. The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced the reimbursement rate for colonoscopy up to 17 percent on the recommendation of the Relative Value Unit Update Committee.

Issue Brief 13 - The Importance of Offering Propofol During a Colonoscopy Procedure

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

Issue Brief 13 thumbnailThe Importance of Offering Propofol During a Colonoscopy Procedure ( HTML | PDF  )

Several colorectal cancer screening test options are available, but the recognized Gold Standard is a colonoscopy with propofol. Use of propofol provides a painless approach to a colonoscopy, reduces the anxiety surrounding the procedure and leads to an increased rate of screening and an increase in the early detection of pre-cancerous polyps. Clinical outcomes will improve and eventually decrease health care costs by reducing the incidence of colon cancer.2 Simply put, this is the most effective solution available.

 

Issue Brief 12 - The Importance of Proper Colonoscopy Preparation

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

Issue Brief 12 thumbnailThe Importance of Proper Colonoscopy Preparation ( HTML | PDF  )

Scheduling and receiving a colorectal screening colonoscopy are important steps in preventing colorectal cancer. However, due to the nature of the procedure, the patient must take an active role in following the preparation instructions in order for a screening to have optimal results. Research indicates that approximately 1-in-4 to 1-in-6 patients are inadequately cleansed in preparation for a colonoscopy screening.

 

 

Issue Brief 11 - Making an Informed Choice: Colonoscopy Screening Locations Explained

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

Issue Brief 11 thumbnailMaking an Informed Choice: Colonoscopy Screening Locations Explained ( HTML | PDF  )

Colorectal cancer (CRC), the second most deadly cancer in the United States, has developed two significant trends that were recently identified by the research community in a new study published online in JAMA Surgery. The positive trend found that the incidence of colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 and over is decreasing. Unfortunately, the negative trend is that young adults aged 20-49 are facing an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

 

 

Issue Brief 10 - Young Adults Face Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Issue Brief 10 thumbnailYoung Adults Face Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer ( HTML | PDF  )

With the dramatic rise of health care costs in recent years, it has never been more important for patients to be their own advocate when making important, and often expensive, health care decisions. Though health insurance helps cover the brunt of some of the most expensive procedures, patients are still feeling the effects of high costs in their out-of-pocket expenses. Today’s consumers are educated and informed when they make big purchases such as a new car, and health care spending should be no different. As a consumer of medical services, patients should be prepared to research and compare options in order to receive optimal care and keep health care expenses down.

 

 

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