ACG This Week, National Affairs News – Archives

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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