Dr. Richard Bove is a Medical Director of the Division of Utilization Management and Care Management for Independence Blue Cross whose role is to support and facilitate the integrated delivery of quality healthcare services to our members. In his role, Dr. Bove is responsible to monitor the medical necessity, efficiency and the appropriateness of the delivery of medical healthcare to our members by using established guidelines and to determine the appropriate setting, inpatient, outpatient or home. He participates in all management duties, Precertification, Admission Review, Concurrent Review, Discharge Planning, Post-Acute Concurrent Review and Claims Medical Review.
Dr. Bove is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and each year I am reminded of the more than 20 years I spent as a surgeon performing colonoscopies. I am struck by how much medical technology has improved for colonoscopy from the procedure’s early days in the 1980s.
Both colon and rectal cancer (known together as colorectal cancer) deserve our attention,...