Friday, July 16, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
Dr. Howard Hack, a local gastroenterologist, recently attended the annual meeting of the Arizona Medical Association to discuss means of improving patient care.
Hack, who also has offices in Los Angeles and Kingman, Ariz., said the association brainstormed several ideas for instilling trust between doctors and patients.
One major topic of discussion was “quality assurance” and ensuring it is accomplished legitimately. “We have to make medicine better for everybody,” Hack said.
The association is made up of physicians from a variety of specialties, and representatives participated in the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in late June.
Hack’s Las Vegas practice at 6725 S. Eastern Ave. opened six months ago and focuses on problems with the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gallbladder, liver and colon.
Colonoscopies and other screens aimed at detecting or preventing colon, esophageal and gastric cancers also are available.
Hack entered a market recovering from controversy after several Las Vegas endoscopy clinics were linked to an outbreak of hepatitis C. After an investigation in 2008 by the Southern Nevada Health District, thousands of residents were notified they should undergo testing for hepatitis, HIV and AIDS.
Hack said he hopes to remind citizens that quality health care is still available.
“It can be a win-win for everybody — the patients, most importantly,” he said. “But also the doctors, the hospitals, the surgeons.”