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Can you have your colonoscopy and endoscopy on the same day?

I’ve heard it dozens of times: My gastroenterologist says s/he can’t do my endoscopy and colonoscopy on the same day. Sometimes it’s because it was considered too “dangerous”. Occasionally it’s because “that’s not the way we do it”.¬†Sorry, that doesn’t … Continue reading

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“Thank you for your consult…”

Until recently, there was a financial difference between performing a “Consultation” and a “New Patient Visit” for office visits (Medicare stopped paying for Consultations at a higher rate than New Patient Visits in 2010).¬† I won’t get into the ins-and-outs … Continue reading

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Presenting on a consult service: Rules number one and two

As an attending gastroenterology consultant, I have heard many a presentation from medical students, residents, and fellows that start something like this: This is a 64-year old woman with Afib, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, osteoarthritis, cholelithiasis, and depression, whom … Continue reading

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