Premier Endoscopy Center Can Save You Over 23% Compared to a Hospital Based Outpatient Endoscopy Center

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) is recommending payment cuts to hospital outpatient surgery programs in order that they more closely reflect what Medicare Pays independent surgery centers, like Premier Endoscopy Center. Independent surgery centers procedures are covered by Medicare and other insurance’s. Especially now that many patients have very high deductible’s these cost savings go directly to the patient. Today, payments under the formula are on average are about 67 percent of what the rates would be for the same procedure at an outpatient surgical center in a hospital. You have the right to ask what a Hospital is going to charge you for a procedure !! Having your procedure at Premier Endoscopy Center will save Patient’s, Insurance companies and reduce the overall cost of health care for all Americans!!

Source: Naples Daily News - 7/7/2014

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New Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Now Available

An effective and safe technology for treating Barrett’s esophagus, including long segment BE and areas with dysplasia, has been added to our list of endoscopic procedures, as a FDA approved technique, and is available to our patients at this time.

The BARRX RF ablation system is designed to remove the Barrett’s esophageal epithelium in a short endoscopic procedure that patients tolerate well and that reduce risks of progression to CANCER.

This technique provides a uniform and controlled ablative therapy at a consistent depth. It can remove the layer of diseased tissue while sparing healthy underlying tissue. This allows regrowth of new, healthy tissue within 8 weeks.

This innovative endoscopic procedure will replace the “watch and wait” Barrett’s esophagus management protocol with a “diagnose and treat” standard of care.

Please contact our office for initial evaluation and coordinated protocol of treatment to be offered to you . We will be more than happy to assist you.



Manuel F. Bustamante , M.D.

Gastroenterology Specialists
1656 Medical Blvd., Ste. 301
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 593-6201

Q - What is capsule endoscopy?

A - This procedure allows physicians to examine the small intestine and is primarily used to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. It is limited to patients who have had a colonoscopy and EGD (upper endoscopy) that have not yet revealed the source of blood loss. It involves ingesting a vitamin-sized video capsule that takes pictures of the intestines as it travels through the GI tract. The pictures are sent to a data recorder worn on a belt and then downloaded to a computer where the physician views them to make a diagnosis.



Nearly 400 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis. Globally, there is an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A each year, 240 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B and 130-150 million people are living with chronic hepatitis C. Over a million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

CDC recommends one time blood test for Hepatitis C Virus screening for all Americans born between 1945 - 1965 due to unusually high incidence in this age group. Please contact our office to facilitate your testing.

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