A lack of integrated patient care led to more readmissions for inflammatory bowel disease patients, according to a study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Factors associated with fragmented care included nonemergency admissions, patients with mood disorders and substance abuse. Read the study.
A computer that uses artificial intelligence improves the detection of polyps in the colon, according to a study by published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. AI detected polyps more than 90% of the time, Chinese researchers found. In this segment, ACG President-Elect Dr. Mark B. Pochapin and Educational Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Seth A. Gross perform an AI-assisted colonoscopy on gastroenterologist and CBS chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook.
A study of bacteria found in colon polyps detected a large presence of butyrate, a fatty acid found in fiber, according to Rachel Sarnoff, a fourth-year medical student who participated in the study. Scientists are studying the microbiome to learn more about its relationship with colon polyps. Sarnoff presented the research at ACG 2018. Read the abstract. Read the Author Insight authored by Sarnoff.
A study of ICU patients showed piperacillin-tazobactam damages gut microbiota and is linked to a low abundance of potentially protective bacteria, researchers reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Data indicated the low volume of potentially protective bacteria may be related to the risk of carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa colonization, which can lead to infection.
CMS data showed that 93% of eligible clinicians who participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System under the Quality Payment Program received positive payment adjustments for their MIPS performance last year. "On average, MIPS eligible clinicians in rural practices earned a mean score of 63.08 points, while clinicians in small practices received a mean score of 43.46 points," CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a CMS blog post.
Changes by the CMS to the final payment rule for ambulatory surgical centers were applauded by the ACG and other GI societies. The CMS announced several payment increases, including ones for small bowel endoscopy/stent and ERCP duct stent placement.
Some patients with bowel diseases, including Crohn's and colitis, need to use handicapped bathrooms but have been criticized for using the facilities. The Galleria, a shopping center in the UK town of Hatfield, changed signs in bathrooms as a reminder that not all diseases are visible.
A stellar panel headlines the Dec. 5 ACG Online Journal Club webinar: ACG President Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, Mitchell L. Shiffman, MD, FACG, and Jack A. Di Palma, MD, MACG (Moderator). Register.
Register for ACG's One-Day IBD School and weekend Western Regional Postgraduate Course at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Jan. 18-20. Members pay only $99 for IBD School. The Postgraduate Course will feature hands-on sessions Saturday afternoon with experts demonstrating EMR/ESD, ERCP, Hemorrhoid Therapy, Hemostasis, RFA and Foreign Body Removal. View the brochure. Reserve your hotel room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip. Register.