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New York State Health Exchange

On August 20, 2013, The State Health Commission of New York, Dr. Nirav R. Shah announced the official name of the New York Health Benefit Exchange Marketplace and many of health plans to be offered.  “NY State of Health will be the official market place for individuals and small groups in New York State to …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Everyone experiences discomfort in their gut from time to time. It can occur when we are nervous about something, or when we eat something that doesn’t agree with us. But if you regularly feel pain in your abdomen, it might be a sign of a disorder called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Irritable bowel syndrome affects …

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Cyclospora Outbreak

During the summer, many people tend to eat lighter and consume more salads.  To that end, we wanted to alert you to a recent outbreak of an intestinal illness that may be attributable to eating prepackaged salad.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working diligently with local health departments in several states to determine the possible link between …

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Colonoscopies Save Lives and Reduce Healthcare Expenditures

Dr. Elliot A. Heller responds to the New York Times Article – “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill: Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures” Dear DDAR Patient My colleagues and I were extremely disappointed to see the New York Times article unfairly blaming colonoscopies for our nation’s growing healthcare costs. We’re very …

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CDC Recommends One-time HCV Testing for Baby Boomers

In August 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued final guidance recommending that all people born from 1945 to 1965 be tested once for Hepatitis C virus (HCV). This recommendation was based upon an analysis of the 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which found that one in 30 baby boomers …

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Dr Yaron Langman performs the first fecal transplant in Rockland County.

FDA recently relaxed rules allowing an innovative form of therapy for a type of colon infection known as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). The colon contains hundreds of distinct strains of bacteria which help maintain healthy digestion (at least 500 have been identified and there are likely hundreds more). One of those, C. difficile, can grow …

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Patient Portal

Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland is now offering our patients access to their medical information online and viewable anywhere you have Internet access. With the eClinicalWorks portal, you can: Request appointments. View your lab results that are processed at Quest Diagnostics or Labcorp. Access your current list of medications and request refills. See your personal …

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Colonoscopy – Preventative Health Service

Did you know that the implementation of health care reform regulations has begun with a significant change involving your access to “preventative health services?” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now requires that all health care insurance plans cover preventative services, including colorectal cancer screening for individuals aged 50 or older, without any …

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