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The Road Ahead: What if GIs Were Accountable for Preventing CRC?

March 21, 2013

In an intriguing article in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dr. Jeffrey Lee and colleagues discuss that with the implementation of health-care reform, GIs need to consider how to move from serving colorectal cancer (CRC) patients on a referral basis to successfully helping prevent the disease in a larger population of patients.

In his introduction to this month’s “Practice Management: The Road Ahead” column in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dr. John Allen notes that GIs “are increasingly becoming members of a team that is responsible for reducing colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality for a population of patients.”

In an insightful article, Dr. Jeffrey Lee from University of California, San Francisco and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente Northern California discuss the need for GIs to decide in the near future whether to become leaders in CRC prevention screening programs or continue to function as proceduralists who focus on providing colonoscopy services. They believe that GIs are “uniquely equipped to develop and optimize screening strategies.” Health-care reform is changing the way that GIs provide services to patients; “gastroenterologists are at a pivotal point in deciding how to be involved in that change.”

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