Guidelines call for fewer upper endoscopies for GERD

Fewer patients need an upper endoscopy for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and reducing use of the procedure will improve care and cut costs, according to clinical guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians. Following these types of recommendations could yield significant annual health care system savings, gastroenterologist John Allen wrote in an editorial accompanying the report. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/3)