12 gastroenterology updates

Here are 12 gastroenterology updates Becker's has reported on since Aug. 3:

1. US Digestive Health added nine physicians to its network throughout Pennsylvania.

2. The AdventHealth Center for Interventional Endoscopy is expanding its services from its flagship location, AdventHealth Orlando to AdventHealth Celebration in Kissimmee, Fla.

3. US Digestive Health opened a new office in Langhorne, Pa., adding to its more than 33 locations and 19 ASCs.

4. Kips Bay Endoscopy Center in New York City added Medtronic's GI Genius endoscopy module to its facility.

5. United Digestive and Oscar Health partnered to extend care to more than 90,000 patients in Georgia.

6. On Sept. 1, UnitedHealthcare is set to begin a two-phased approach to eliminate prior authorization requirements for several procedure codes, including three gastroenterology-related codes. The code removals will account for almost 20 percent of its overall prior authorization volume. 

7. The average gastroenterologist salary increased 3.9 percent from 2017 to 2023, according to AMN Healthcare's "2023 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives" report released July 24. 

8. Idaho Falls Community Hospital opened a new partner clinic, Pediatric Gastroenterology of Idaho.

9. United Digestive added Medtronic's GI Genius artificial intelligence endoscopy module to all 22 of its managed ASCs.

10. US Digestive Health added Altoona, Pa.-based Blair Gastroenterology Associates, further expanding its presence in Central Pennsylvania.

11. New York City-based gastroenterologist Zhi Alan Cheng, MD, has been charged with 50 new counts in criminal court for drugging and sexually assaulting several women, including a patient.

12. CVS Pharmacy has begun rolling out Biomerica's EZ Detect colorectal disease screening test in more than 7,000 stores.

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