GI Outlook
GI Outlook
July 19, 2019
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Best, brightest in GI to gather in Hollywood for GI Outlook

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Klaus Mergener 
Klaus Mergener
Glenn Littenberg 
Glenn Littenberg

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — As the pace of change in U.S. health care continues to accelerate, gastroenterology physicians and practice managers must proactively seek the best strategies and approaches to run their practices most effectively.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) presents GI Outlook (GO) 2019: The Practice Management Conference, August 2 to 4 in Hollywood, California, where attendees will hear from the best and the brightest in the field and share real-world experiences with their peers.

Led by Course Directors Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE, and Glenn Littenberg, MD, MACP, FASGE, GO 2019 will provide the insights and tools practices need to continue to provide high-quality care to patients in an economically viable manner. Through pre-conference workshops, practice case studies and interactive sessions, this conference will offer practical solutions and skill-building opportunities for practices of all sizes and models.

“The goal is to provide participants with the latest and greatest updates in practice strategy and management, in a way that makes it easy for attendees to take practical learning points and apply them immediately in their own environments,” Mergener said.

Here are a few of the many highlights of GO 2019:

  • National expert Bret Petersen, MD, FASGE, will provide an update on endoscope reprocessing and the latest infection control mandates from the FDA.
  • Jack Lewin, MD, chairman of the National Coalition on Health Care, will discuss the implications of anticipated health care reform models on the practice of gastroenterology.
  • Pre-conference workshops on practice management “must haves” as well as special considerations for transitions will be led by Randy Farber, MSHA, CEO of California’s largest private practice GI physician group, and Joseph Vicari, MD, FASGE, chair of ASGE’s Committee on Practice Management and former managing partner of a large independent GI group in Illinois.

Throughout the entire conference, there will be ample opportunity to participate in interactive sessions, ask questions and network with peers. An evening reception will extend this opportunity in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.

“This year in particular, we want to give participants a lot of take-home, ‘let’s get this done,’ practical ideas,” Littenberg said.

This event is specifically designed for individuals involved in, or seeking a future in, GI practice business leadership. This includes physicians, nurse managers and practice administrators.

For more information: For a complete overview, agenda and more information, go to For immediate assistance, reach out to Gina Steiner at 630-570-5635 or

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

About Endoscopy

Endoscopy is performed by specially trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

Source: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy press release.