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Aetna - 2020 Aexcel Designation

AetnaWe are pleased to announce that once again our practice Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland has meet Aetna clinical performace and efficiency standards for 2020.  These standards include achieving their practice improvement standards, claims based-outcome measures, MIPs/Meaningful use participation, alignments with Aetna's institutes of Quality and participation in  value based contracts

Fidelis Care Participation

We are pleased to announce that as of May 23, 2019 all of our physicians will be active with Fidelis Care.   To make an appointment, please call 845-354-3700 and speak with our secretarial staff.  

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Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

With colorectal cancer being found in an increasing number of younger adults, the pressure is on to screen millions more.  See linK to NYT Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/well/live/colon-cancer-screening-can-...

American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer screening at age 45

New guidelines from the American Cancer Society were released today recommending moving up colon cancer screening to age 45 for anyone who is average risk.  Previously, the recommendation was to start age 50 unless there were high risk reasons to start earlier.  However, there has been more colon cancer being seen at young ages.  Recently, a study showed that the same proportion of large polyps were seen in patients between ages 45 and 49 as in those that are 50 and 54.  The proportion of colon cancer deaths were the same in those age groups as well.  Colonoscopy allows us to search precancerous polyps before they develop into cancer.

There are multiple options to get colon cancer screening.  Colonoscopy remains the gold standard where precancerous polyps can be found and removed at the same sitting.  However, stool studies can be used as well including stool studies for DNA or trace blood.  Stool studies need to be performed more frequently than colonoscopy but can be performed at home.  Here at Digestive Disease Associates, we are happy to discuss those options with you, and set you up with the most appropriate test to help prevent this preventable cancer

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Hepatitis Awareness Month

May has been designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in concert with all public and private healthcare...

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5/23/19

We are pleased to announce that once again our practice Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland has meet Aetna clinical performace and efficiency...