13 gastroenterology updates

Here are 13 gastroenterology updates Becker's has reported on since May 11:

1. Jacksonville, Fla.-based gastroenterology provider Borland Groover broke ground on an endoscopy center and ASC in St. Johns County, Fla.

2. Tampa-based Florida Medical Clinic is going to add a gastroenterology practice at its Wesley Chapel, Fla.-based Epperson/Watergrass campus in July. 

3. Artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT made headlines earlier this year when it passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam; however, when given the American College of Gastroenterology's pre-board assessment, it failed to make the grade. 

4. Dalton, Ga.-based Hamilton Physician Group-Gastroenterology added two new gastroenterologists to its team: Larry Shuster, MD, and Sergio Quijano, MD.

5. York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health is opening an outpatient endoscopy center and expanding its digestive health services in West Earl, Pa.

6. On average, gastroenterologists make $252,000 more annually than physicians working in public health and preventive medicine, the lowest-earning physician specialty, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report" for 2023.

7. The top gastroenterologists in the nation work for health systems including the University of Chicago Medicine and Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai, according to OpenAI-created chatbot ChatGPT. 

8. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy gathered over 175 physician groups to cosign a letter to the UnitedHealthcare CEO opposing upcoming changes to prior authorization for GI endoscopy procedures.

9. Despite protests from patients, health systems and providers, UnitedHealthcare is moving forward with major changes to its prior authorization requirements for gastroenterology care, which will take effect June 1. 

10. New York tops the list of states that are most in-demand for permanent placement opportunities for gastroenterologists, according to a post from physician search and employment firm Merritt Hawkins. 

11. Hillsboro, Ohio-based Highland District Hospital expanded its gastroenterology services through the addition of three Gastro Health physicians: Daniel Debo, DO; Andrew Chun, MD; and Robert Kindel, MD.

12. Ohio Gastroenterology Group purchased a medical office building near its Columbus headquarters for $1.5 million.

13. GI Alliance partnered with St. Louis-based Specialists in Gastroenterology.

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