ACG This Week, National Affairs News – Archives

2017

December 30, 2017

  • Call to Action: A Year-End Look at ACG’s Key Advocacy Issues. Act now!

December 23, 2017

  • Tax Reform and Impact on ACG Members and GI Practices: What you should know
  • ACG Expresses Concern over Reports of Censoring Scientific Language at HHS Agencies
  • Call to Action: A Year-End Look at ACG’s Key Advocacy Issues. Act now!

December 16, 2017

    • Important Date: MIPS Advancing Care Hardship Exemption- Due December 31
    • Patient and Physician Advocates Testify at Massachusetts State House: Urge Support for Step Therapy Exemption bills (S.551/H.492)
    • Attention Solo and Small GI Practices: Get Your 2017 MIPS Crash Cart!

December 9, 2017

  • MACRA exemptions for ACG members affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires
  • ACG MA Members Call to Action: upcoming hearing for MA Step Therapy bill
  • Attention Solo and Small GI Practices: Get Your 2017 MIPS Crash Cart!

December 2, 2017

  • Congress, Tax Reform, and Impact on ACG Members and GI Practices: What you should know
  • Attention Solo and Small GI Practices: Get Your 2017 MIPS Crash Cart!
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Is MACRA Hurting America’s Sickest Patients?

November 18, 2017

  • AMA House of Delegates Passes ACG Resolution on Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Attention Solo and Small GI Practices: Get Your 2017 MIPS Crash Cart!
  • Congress, Tax Reform, and Impact on ACG Members and GI Practices: What you should know
  • Medicare Seeks Your Feedback on MIPS Colonoscopy Episode

November 11, 2017

  • State Ballot Issues Impacting GI: Maine and Ohio Vote on Health Care Ballots
  • Federal and State Call to Action: Step Therapy Bills Need Your Advocacy!
  • Help ACG Help You: CMS Seeks Your Feedback on MIPS Colonoscopy Episode
  • ACG on Capitol Hill: Joining the Discussion to Promote and Preserve Independent Health Practices

November 4, 2017

  • CMS Releases Final CY 2018 MIPS & APMs Requirements
  • Medicare Seeks Your Feedback on MIPS Colonoscopy Episode
  • Legislative action alert: urge your representatives to support S.2051/HR.4206!
  • Tri-Society Alert: 2018 Medicare Payment Rules Released
  • Questions on Biosimilars in IBD? Slides from the recent ACG Workshop with the FDA and EMA

October 28, 2017

  • Reducing Regulatory Burdens: ACG has a seat at the table for new CMS initiative, “Patients Over Paperwork”
  • Speaking of regulatory burdens: Help us help you! Please Provide Feedback to CMS on MACRA’s GI “episode of care”
  • At the State and Local Level: OH MOC Bill Hearing- We need OH Members to Voice your Support!

October 14, 2017

  • At the state and local level: ACG Leadership Testifies at Ohio State House- Urge Support for MOC Legislation
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Repeal efforts via the regulatory process underway
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: ACG Offering Various MACRA Educational Courses at WCOG at ACG2017

October 7, 2017

  • House and Senate Panels Clear Bill Repealing IPAB
  • At the State and Local Level- Ohio ACG Members: We need your help now!
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MACRA and Your Employment Agreements

September 30, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Republicans Fail to Come to a Consensus Yet Again
  • ACG Urging CMS to Grant MACRA Exemptions for Areas Impacted by Hurricanes
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Don’t forget to use ACG’s MACRA resources for 2017

September 23, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Republicans to hold possible vote next week
  • ACG Urges Congress to Make Necessary Changes to MACRA
  • FDA clears first duodenoscope with disposable distal cap
  • CMS granting regulatory waiver for ASC and HOPD facilities hit by hurricanes
  • My Reflections on ABIM MOC, by Dan Pambianco, MD, FACG
  • ACG and GI Societies Comment on Medicare CY 2018 Payment Rules

September 16, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Deadline Looms as Republicans Unveil New Bill
  • Deadline Approaching: Apply Now for the Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • Legislative Call to Action: ACG needs your help! Urge your support for HR 3120 & HR 3726

September 9, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Congress Back from August Recess; ACA repeal and Medicaid reforms on the docket?
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MACRA Revisions Are Already Necessary

September 2, 2017

  • CMS Advisory Panel finds insufficient evidence for health outcomes in the Medicare population for surgical and endoscopic procedures
  • Congress’ Summer Recess: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices participate in MIPS and APMs
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week: ACG urges CMS to help independent GI practices successfully participate in MIPS and APMs

August 26, 2017

  • ACG Submits MACRA Comments: Urges CMS to help independent GI practices successfully participate in MIPS and APMs
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • August Recess: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices

August 19, 2017

  • August Recess: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Don’t forget to use ACG’s MACRA resources

August 12, 2017

  • August Recess: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices
  • FDA Safety Alert: Liquid-filled Intragastric Balloon Systems – Potential Risks
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How long does CMS think it takes for you to report Advancing Care Information (Meaningful Use) Measures?

August 5, 2017

  • Congress is stalled on health reform and back home: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices
  • 2017 MIPS Hardship Exemption: Applications Now Open
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program

July 29, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Early momentum leads to dramatic flop for Senate Republicans and Administration
  • Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program: Open to all current 1st and 2nd year fellows
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: A review of what it may take to get a MIPS bonus

July 22, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Bill Crumbling as Leadership Clinging for Hope; ACG’s Analysis and Outlook
  • ACG Member Call To Action: Get Involved in MOC Legislation in State Houses Across the Country
  • Important ACG Member Update: Fujifilm Duodenoscope Recall and Approved New Design

July 15, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Republicans Clinging to Health Reform Bill While ACG Fighting for Clinical GI and Patients
  • ACG Member Call To Action: Get Involved in MOC Legislation in State Houses Across the Country
  • CMS Releases Proposed 2018 Medicare Payments Regulations
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Learn More about Using GIQuIC to Fulfill 2017 MIPS Reporting Requirements

July 8, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Returns Next Week for Latest Round of Repeal Talks
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: The Transition into MACRA Continues

July 1, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Scuttles Vote after CBO Report Released
  • At the State and Local Level: ACG Fighting Ancillary Services Reimbursement Medicaid Cuts in Ohio
  • CMS Releases “Sunshine Rule” Payment Data for 2016
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: CMS Estimates on MIPS Eligibility- Who has to participate in MACRA in 2017 vs. 2018?

June 24, 2017

  • CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rule for 2018
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate Releases Anticipated Health Reform Draft
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Don’t Forget about 2017!

June 17, 2017

  • OH House Introduces Anti-MOC Legislation: Please express your support
  • ACA Repeal Watch- Some Interesting Updates While Awaiting Senate Bill
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules on biosimilars
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MedPAC is not a fan of MACRA

June 10, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Senate in Spotlight, what ACG is doing and monitoring
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Will my physician assistants and nurse practitioners be subject to MIPS? What do I need to know?

June 3, 2017

  • At the State and Local Level: Texas Legislature Passes MOC Legislation- Thank you ACG Members in Texas!
  • CMS Approves GIQuIC as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the 2017 Reporting Year
  • California State Senate Passes Single-Payer Bill
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: The Benefit of the QCDR

May 27, 2017

  • Be the go-to policy wonk at your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ: health reform updates and forecasts

May 20, 2017

  • HHS Releases Guidance for Practices on Latest Cybersecurity Threat
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Preparing your practice for MIPS “Improvement Activities” Performance Category

May 13, 2017

  • Health Reform Update: Awaiting Action in Senate
  • At the State and Local Level: An Update from the ACG MOC Task Force
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Am I included in MIPS?

May 6, 2017

  • House Passes ACA Repeal Bill- Long Slog Awaiting in Senate
  • At the State and Local Level: An Update from the ACG MOC Task Force
  • Congress Passes Budget with Increase to NIH Budget- Thank you ACG Governors

April 29, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Republican leadership still trying to secure votes in House
  • Important Date for ACG Members: May 15th for Sunshine Payment Review
  • At the State and Local Level: Update on ACG Activities on State MOC Legislation
  • Biosimilars subject of Supreme Court Discussion
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: CMS Notifications Forthcoming

April 22, 2017

  • Congress Back From Recess Next Week: Health care back on the agenda
  • At the State and Local Level: ACG Active on State MOC Legislation
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Learn More about the MIPS “Improvement Activities” Performance Category

April 15, 2017

  • 2017 ACG Governor Washington D.C. Fly-in
  • ACG Members: Get your coding questions answered
  • CMS Releases Affordable Care Act Market Stabilization Final Rule
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MACRA and the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee

April 1, 2017

  • ACG Governors in Washington D.C. Next Week
  • Message from ACG President Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG: ABIM Announces Its Version of Improvement on MOC; TN introduces MOC legislation
  • ACG, AGA, and ASGE Release 2017 CPT Coding Manual Update

March 25, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: House Cancels AHCA Vote at the Last Minute
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: ACG Working to Reduce Burdens Heading into MACRA’s Full Impact

March 18, 2017

  • ACG Members Join Patient Advocates on Capitol Hill
  • ACA Repeal Watch: House Moving Closer to Repeal and Replace

March 11, 2017

  • Important date for ACG members: March 13th Deadline for 2016 EHR Incentive Program Attestation
  • ACG Joins Patient Advocates in Washington D.C.
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Very Busy Week for Repeal and Replace; what to watch for?

March 6, 2017

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Republicans Trying to Find Consensus
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Use ACG’s MACRA Resources

February 25, 2017

  • MACRA Help: New ACG Quality Reporting Checklist
  • ACA Repeal Watch: ACA repeal and replace focus of town hall events; we need support for HR 1017
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How is your MIPS Quality score actually calculated?

February 18, 2017

  • Important Dates for ACG Members: Know Your Meaningful Use Dates
  • ACA Repeal Watch: House Republicans Release “Repeal and Replace” Blueprint
  • IRS Updates Policy on Health Coverage Mandate
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How is your MIPS Quality score actually calculated?

February 11, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Rep. Tom Price, MD Confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary
  • MACRA Webinar: Guidance and Answers from ACG & CMS

February 4, 2017

  • ACA Repeal Watch: Week of Congressional Hearings
  • Important Dates for ACG Members: Don’t Forgot CY 2016 Quality Reporting Deadlines
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How will repealing the ACA impact MACRA?

January 28, 2017

  • At the State and Local Level: Good news from Massachusetts
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Republicans huddle to strategize but miss own deadline
  • What else is ACG monitoring: How is Congress going to pay for health reform?

January 21, 2017

  • First Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Price
  • At the State and Local Level: Thank you ACG members in Connecticut
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: 2017 is a “Transition Year”: Here is what you need to know

January 14, 2017

  • ACG Practice Management Center: Important Updates for ACG Members
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Wheels set in motion but proceeding with caution
  • At the state and local level: ACG working to eliminate ASC tax in Connecticut

January 7, 2017

  • Important Dates for ACG Members: 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation Period (Jan 3 – Feb 28)
  • ACG Guidance on Moderate Sedation Changes- What do you need to know?
  • Congress Back in Session- ACA Repeal Watch

2016 ACG National Affairs News

  • A Year in Review: ACG in Washington D.C. & State Houses across the Country

2016

December 17, 2016

  • From ACG President Carol Burke: Unanswered Questions Abound: ABIM’s News on MOC
  • ACG-FDA Visiting Fellowship Program: Dr. Kendall Beck’s Experience at the FDA
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ Lowering Professional Fees for GI Services
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Where do I actually review measures and attest to MIPS categories?

December 10, 2016

  • Congress passes 21st Century Cures Act- Thank you ACG Members for your advocacy
  • ACG Leaders Participate in the DDNC Annual Winter Board Meeting and Fall Forum
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Muddy waters; ASC Services and the Advancing Care Information Category

December 3, 2016

  • Important Date for ACG Members: December 7 is the deadline to appeal 2015 PQRS and VM review
  • ACG Meets with FDA Commissioner and Leaders
  • Rep. Tom Price, MD and Seema Verma to lead HHS and CMS
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How CMS Determines Your MIPS Score in 2017- two basic examples

November 19, 2016

  • November 2016 State Ballot Summary for ACG Members: Health Care Ballot Issues Around the Country
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Wait… I may not even be required to participate in MACRA next year?

November 12, 2016

  • 2016 Election Reflections: Summary and Potential Impact on ACG Members Moving Forward
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week: How will the U.S. Presidential and Congressional Elections impact MACRA?

November 5, 2016

  • CMS Releases CY 2017 Medicare Outpatient Facility Rates and Physician Fee Schedule
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: What’s the relationship between the annual Medicare payment rules and MACRA?

October 29, 2016

October 15, 2016

  • CMS Release Final MACRA Rule
  • ACG Questions ABIM’s Decision on Longer Testing Requirements

October 8, 2016

  • ICD-10 Grace Period Ends; ACG can help make sure you are using the current ICD-10 set
  • The States and MOC: An ACG Update from Missouri
  • ACG MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Resource Use and Episodes of Care

October 1, 2016

  • October 1: Important Date for ACG Members
  • ACG Member Call to Action for Massachusetts Members: ASC Determination of Need Proposal Needs to Change
  • ACG Update on Colorectal Cancer Screening Legislation: ACA Impacting State Law and Needs to Change

September 24, 2016

  • ACG Call to Action for Michigan Members: Support ACG’s Efforts to Eliminate MOC Requirements in Michigan
  • ACG Fighting for You Against ABIM’s New MOC Proposals
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MACRA’s Advanced APMs & Recent Data on Medicare ACOs

September 17, 2016

  • ACG President Ken DeVault Conveys Frustration to ABIM
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: CMS Eases MACRA requirements for CY 2017
  • GI Societies Meet with CMS on Sedation

September 10, 2016

  • CMS Announcement: Easing MACRA requirements for CY 2017
  • ACG Practice Management Guidance: Tips on Structuring Anesthesia Models
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MAKING $ENSE OF MACRA

September 3, 2016

  • Update from the Hill: What ACG Members Need to Know
  • At the State Level: ACG Governor for Kansas to Serve on Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: The Potential Benefits of GIQuIC when dealing with MACRA

August 27, 2016

  • At the State Level: Call to Action on CA Bill Seeking to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy
  • More at the State Level: New England States Pass Restrictions on Physician Non-Compete Agreements
  • At The Federal Level: MACRA Tidbit for the Week

August 20, 2016

  • ACG Member Call to Action: better valuation for E&M and cognitive services
  • ACG Member Safety Communication: FDA recommends to stop using Custom Ultrasonics system for reprocessing duodenoscopes
  • ACA Back in the News: a good time for some updated statistics for ACG members
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: don’t forget about the other ACG MACRA Tidbits!

August 13, 2016

  • CMS Provides Guidance on PQRS Feedback Reports and the PQRS Informal Review Process for 2015 Results: What ACG members need to know

August 6, 2016

  • Update from the Hill: Congress in Recess until September; Lame Duck Post-Election Schedule
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: CMS Overemphasizing EHR Communications?

July 30, 2016

  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: It’s convention season: how will the U.S. presidential election impact MACRA?
  • World Hepatitis Day: Demonstration Project Links Colorectal Cancer Screening and Hepatitis C Virus Screening

July 16, 2016

  • North Carolina Legislature Passes Law Limiting MOC for State Licensing
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: What’s the relationship between the Annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule and MACRA?

July 9, 2016

  • CMS Releases Rules with Proposed 2017 Medicare Facility Fee Rates and Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rates
  • CMS Moderate Sedation Plans Will Tighten the Pressure on Medicare Reimbursement

July 2, 2016

  • ACG Submits MACRA Comments: Helping independent GI practices successfully participate in new Medicare payment system
  • Update on CA Bill Seeking to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy

June 25, 2016

  • Important Meaningful Use Date Right Around the Corner: July 1st
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week: An old joke and a new regulation
  • ACG Members: Utilize ACG’s Practice Management Tools

June 18, 2016

  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week
  • USPSTF updates recommendations on colorectal cancer screening

June 11, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, FACG: House of Representatives Passes Medicare Hospital Payment Package: Includes One of ACG’s Legislative Priorities
  • From ACG Governors for Ohio, Ashley L. Faulx, MD, FACG and David G. Mangels, MD, FACG: At the State Level: Prior Authorization Bill Passed in Ohio
  • From FDA Related Matters Committee Chair, Tedd P. Cain, MD, FACG: FDA Issues Two Safety Alerts Impacting GI
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week

June 4, 2016

  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit for the Week
  • AJG Series on Patient Experience Measures

May 28, 2016

  • ACG MACRA Tidbit for the Week
  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: Meaningful Use in 2016: Practice Management Conundrum?

May 21, 2016

May 14, 2016

  • From ACG Vice President, Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG: GIQuIC: 3 million colonoscopies and counting!
  • From ACG Governor for Southern New York, Brad M. Dworkin, MD, FACG: At the State and Local Level: ACG and MSSNY Opposing NY Legislation on Medical Malpractice
  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: ACG Fighting CMS and Working with Congress on Medicare Physician-Administered Drug Reimbursement Proposal
  • ACG’s MACRA Tidbit of the Week

May 7, 2016

  • “Sunshine” Payments: Review and Dispute Periods End May 15th
  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: ACG and Coalition of Specialties Oppose Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) Legislation
  • RVUs Undervalue the Cognitive Physician Visit: A Focus on IBD Cognitive Services
  • ACG Guidance: Making $ense of MACRA

April 30, 2016

  • From ACG National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple: Making $ense of MACRA

April 23, 2016

  • From ACG Governor for Oklahoma, Donald J. Kastens, MD, FACG: A Breakthrough at the State Level? Oklahoma State Legislature Passes Law Making MOC Optional
  • From ACG National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple: Federal Government Provides Further Guidance on Patient Cost-Sharing for Colonoscopy
  • From ACG Board of Governors Chair, Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG: Check out the Photos of ACG on Capitol Hill: Your Voice for Clinical GI

April 15, 2016

  • ACG on Capitol Hill: Your Voice for Clinical GI

April 9, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: ACG on Capitol Hill Next Week: Your Voice for Clinical GI
  • ACG Members Reminder: Review Your Individual “Sunshine Payment” Information
  • From ACG Governors for Ohio, Ashley L. Faulx, MD, FACG and David G. Mangels, MD, FACG: At the State and Local Level: Important Medicaid and Commercial Payment Changes in Ohio

April 2, 2016

  • From ACG National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: ACG Highlights Advocacy Work of Katie Couric on Capitol Hill
  • ACG Members: Utilize ACG’s Practice Management Tools
  • CTG Article on Legal and Regulatory Adverse Actions: How Trouble Could Come to You

March 26, 2016

  • From ACG Governor for Southern Texas, Daniel C. DeMarco, MD, FACG: ACG Joins Physicians on Capitol Hill; will be back advocating for GI practices
  • From ACG FDA Related Matters Committee Chair and ACG Governor for Wisconsin, Tedd P. Cain, MD, FACG: FDA Updates Instructions to Obtain Domperidone

March 19, 2016

  • From Public Relations Committee Chair, Jordan Karlitz, MD, FACG: March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: ACG Joins Patient Advocates on Capitol Hill
  • ACG will return to the Hill advocating for GI practices in April

March 12, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: ACG Urges Congress to Support CRC Screening Legislation
  • From the ACG Board of Governors Vice-Chair, Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG: ACG Members & DDNC Advocate on Behalf of Patients
  • ACG, AGA, and ASGE Release 2016 CPT Coding Guidance

March 5, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: ACG Urges Vice President Biden to Help Spread Awareness
  • At the State and Local Level, from ACG Governor for Connecticut, Jeffry L. Nestler, MD, FACG: ACG to Help Eliminate Connecticut ASC Tax
  • ACG, AGA, and ASGE Release 2016 CPT Coding Guidance

February 27, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: 3 Important Meaningful Use Dates: What You Need to Know
  • At the State and Local Level, from ACG Governor for Kentucky, Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG: Kentucky Passes Bill to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy

February 20, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: CMS and Private Health Insurance Groups Seek to Align Quality Reporting
  • At the State and Local Level, from ACG Governor for Northern California, Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG: ACG Endorses CA Bill to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy
  • Dr. Michael Morelli Invites you to View the ACG 2015 Practice Management Course

February 13, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal Includes Provision Eliminating Screening Colonoscopy Cost-Sharing
  • At the State Level: ACG Urges NY Members to Help Change NY Governor’s Budget Proposal
  • ACG Updates Member Guidance on 2016 Medicare Reimbursement and Quality Reporting

February 6, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: Congress Seeks ACG’s Advice on Changes to Stark Law
  • FDA Updates Guidance on Reprocessing Medical Devices
  • ACG Updates Member Guidance on 2016 Medicare Reimbursement and Quality Reporting
  • Dr. Michael Morelli Invites you to View the ACG 2015 Practice Management Course

January 30, 2016

  • This Week NOT in Washington, DC: ACG Part of Coalition on OH Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

January 23, 2016

  • From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG: CMS: “Meaningful Use Changes Forthcoming”
  • Questions on Participating in Meaningful Use: Updated ACG Guidance

January 16, 2016

  • 2016 Medicare Reimbursement Rates: Updated GI Codes and RVUs for ACG Members
  • FDA clears Olympus 510(k) application for duodenoscope (TJF-Q180V) with design modifications to the elevator channel sealing mechanism: Updated Guidance for ACG members
  • Senate Committee Weighs-in on FDA Review of Duodendscopes: Check out the related AJG article and podcast

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