GI Game Changers
From exciting new hepatitis C treatments that may even include a vaccine to DNA stool tests that can help detect colorectal cancer and a rise in laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR), physicians have more tools and challenges to treat common gastrointestinal disorders than ever before.
Obesity has proven one of the least tractable health issues, with only about 1% of those using traditional medical and lifestyle changes to lose weight able to keep it off long term. Studies show that bariatric surgery not only can maintain weight loss, but also can positively impact metabolic syndrome and other associated conditions.
Wearable fitness devices have been on the market for over a decade, but only recently have they begun expanding into exciting health uses beyond tracking fitness. The 2014 mHealth Summit in National Harbor, DC, and the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show unveiled the latest trends.
A conversation with Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, Director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the current acute care system, and cost containment/utilization approaches.
Our healthcare system is at a crossroads; one that relies on market forces to spur innovation, or one that relies on a select few to set policy for the rest of us. Doctors who employ best practices, such as those used by top billing services, should be able to remain in control of their destiny.