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

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”

CMS Proposes Cuts to 2016 Colonoscopy Rates: ACG, AGA and ASGE Will Fight Cuts
Late Wednesday, July 8, CMS 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.  Learn more

For more information, please see the Q&A prepared by the three societies.

A Message from ACG President, Stephen B. Hanauer
Medicare Cuts to Colonoscopy Threaten Progress Against Colorectal Cancer

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