Find out what’s in store tomorrow from the four DDW societies.

AASLD

Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus is a global health concern with more than 350 million infected individuals worldwide. Approximately 1 million patients are affected in the U.S. However, the nature of hepatitis B treatment makes deciding on a therapy regimen difficult.

Anna S. F. Lok, MD, FRCP, one of the world’s foremost leaders in hepatitis B research, will give a presentation Monday on strategies for treating chronic HBV infection.  Dr. Lok will explain what factors should be considered when deciding to initiate therapy—including the level of viral replication, ALT levels, fibrosis in the liver and decompensated cirrhosis—and also what therapies might be appropriate based on those indicators.

The session, HBV: Who Can Wait and Who Can’t? will take place Monday, May 21, 10:30–11:30 a.m. in room 6d.

AGA

AGA’s committee-sponsored symposium Taking Control of your Future in an Era of Disruptive Technologies is a must-attend for U.S. physicians in private practice. In today’s changing healthcare landscape, GIs must be able to watch costs while continuing to deliver high-quality to patients in order to remain profitable. The session will examine how to manage ambulatory surgical centers as the payment structure switches from fee-for-service to risk-based care, how to find new sources of revenue in an era of decreasing reimbursements and how to work with accountable care organizations (ACOs). The session takes place Monday, May 21, 8:30–10 a.m. in room 29a.

ASGE

This year’s presidential plenary will highlight innovative applications of endoscopy to address challenging issues. Following opening remarks from ASGE President Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, FASGE, the session will begin with presentations on the use of peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for the treatment of esophageal achalasia.

The second part of the session will address quality in GI endoscopy. Presentations will address the prevention of pancreatitis following ERCP endoscopic detection, recognition and therapy for cancer,  and quality in colonoscopy.

Finally, attendees at the plenary will learn what ASGE has been working on over the past year,  including the progress of the new ASGE Institute for Training & Technology (IT&T). The session takes p;ace Monday, May 21, 1–5 p.m. in room 6abcf.

SSAT

Have questions about how healthcare reform will change surgical practice? SSAT’s panel Will There be a General Surgeon When You Need One? has answers. Don’t miss this session, scheduled for Monday, May21, 8:30–10 a.m. in room 27b.

Panelists will address surgery in the context of national healthcare policy and examine how healthcare reform will impact daily surgical practice. Also discussed will be the implications for insurance approval for imaging, testing and surgical intervention.

Panelist Kaye M. Reid Lombardo, MD has surveyed students, residents and attending surgeons about their career plans and will share preliminary data form the survey in her presentation “Workforce Shortages for GI Surgeons.”