The UT Health Tyler Digestive Disease Center conducts life-saving screenings for colon cancer in a state-of-the-art facility offering endoscopic imaging and ultrasonography. Other diagnostic advances include the capsule endoscopy pill camera for examining the small intestine and the Bravo system to assist in diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A range of other digestive disorders are diagnosed and treated here, such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
Our mission includes constant attention to prevention as well as treating existing diseases. We’re staffed by a team of professionals including board-certified gastroenterologists, internists and surgeons who bring training and experience to serve your needs. They are supported by nurses nationally certified in gastroenterology, specially trained registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and technicians.
Diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Celiac disease
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
- Other conditions related to the digestive system
With screenings, often physicians may find illnesses or conditions before symptoms become apparent. Early detection is often an important factor in treating or curing a problem.
Talk to your doctor about screenings that are appropriate for your age and gender.
Catching colon cancer early
One important screening procedure the digestive disease center is a screening colonoscopy.
Screening is recommended for patients who have:
- Symptoms such as blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
- You have a family history of colon cancer and you are over 40
- You are over age 50 (even without symptoms)
The American College of Gastroenterology has concluded that colonoscopy is the preferred and most reliable test for colorectal cancer screening. A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colorectal cancer, which is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S. Most often found in people age 50 and older, the disease affects men and women equally and usually presents no symptoms in its earliest stages. Colonoscopy screening is crucial because when found early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.
Call us at 903-596-DOCS to schedule your appointment with one of our physicians.
Frequently asked Questions about HOPD Billing
What is a “hospital outpatient department?”
A hospital outpatient department is a facility that is owned and operated by a hospital. It can be located on or off the main grounds of the hospital. What does this mean for patients? Depending on your health insurance, you may or may not have higher out-of-pocket costs when receiving care at our facility.
For example, you may see two separate charges and or receive separate statements, one for professional (physician) services and one for a facility fee. This may or may affect your copayment or deductible, depending on your insurance.
What are facility fees?
Facility fees are indirect costs for services delivered at a hospital outpatient department. Facility fees include, but are not limited to, using a room or space, having access to state-of-the-art medical equipment and advanced technical resources, and the use of supplies. Being a hospital department improves care coordination and allows us to provide a more comprehensive healthcare program for our patients.
What is a typical facility fee charge?
Facility fees are based on the range of services provided and the complexity of care. In some cases, the facility fees may be equal to or greater than the cost of your other charges.
How can I get more information?
If you have additional questions, please call 903-531-8950, or contact your insurance provider.