National Affairs

Keep up with the latest news and developments on Capitol Hill, CMS and the FDA. Don’t forget to check the ACG’s Recent Actions and Legislative Affairs pages for the latest updates. You can make a difference. From health care reform to other legislative and regulatory issues that affect your practice, every voice counts. ACG has created a “Take Action Toolkit” to help you speak out for – or against – the issues that matter most to you and your practice. ACG has also compiled a wealth of resources to help keep members up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory actions that impact the gastroenterology practice, as well as tools to help you manage your practice in light of these changes and take action on important issues.

Member Resources

MAKING $ENSE OF MACRA
CMS….SGR… MACRA… MIPS… APMs… QCDRs… ACOs… Why does Washington D.C. love acronyms and complicated payment systems?  What the heck is going on here?  ACG Hopes to Keep This Simple.   We compiled a detailed overview for you that seeks to make some sense out of this alphabet soup – but hopefully in a simplified fashion and in plain English.  Read the summary and potential impact to GI. Dissecting MACRA

In the upcoming days, ACG will focus on certain segments of this newly proposed Medicare payment system, delving more into the specifics but in piecemeal and in brief summaries.  This way, we hope the busy GI clinician is not overloaded with lengthy explanations, complicated flow charts, and more acronyms all at the same time.


2017 Medicare Proposed Rules Alert
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rules.  These annual rules establish payment rates and policies for the next calendar year.  ACG, AGA and ASGE have developed summaries of key provisions in the proposed rules to help GI practices prepare for the payment and policy changes that take effect January 1, 2017.

ACG “Playbook” to Help Fight Medicare Colonoscopy Cuts
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule which, if finalized, would drastically cut reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures. You can take action at the local and national level to express your frustration and to oppose these cuts. Here is a strategic “playbook” for GI physicians from the American College of Gastroenterology. Access the “Playbook”

Health Reform and Practice Management Center
From articles to web-based educational programs, ACG provides you with guidance to improve your practice and our profession. This site also hosts an ongoing series of webinars prepared by the experts and fellow ACG colleagues on a variety of topics impacting the GI clinician. Click here to access these materials.

ACG GI Circle
Connect with colleagues and find friends in ACG’s online community. Discuss new research and clinical updates presented at ACG meetings or top-of-mind issues like health care policy and practice management. Learn more.

Coding Information
GI Coding Updates and Informational Articles
2013 Medicare Reimbursement Payment Grid for Selected GI Services
Medicare Coding Look-up

Medicare
CMS Physician Guide
Medicare Reimbursement and Quality Reporting Toolkit

Medicare Colonoscopy Cuts
Medicare Reimbursement and Quality Reporting Toolkit
Contact Legislators
FDA Safety Alerts & Recalls
Health Reform Law