This Week – April 20, 2013

This Week in Washington DC:

  1. ACG Governors on Capitol Hill
  2. ACG Asked to Participate in Medicare Reimbursement Reform Debate

ACG Governors Visit Capitol Hill
On April 11th, over 30 ACG Governors from across the country participated in the 2013 “ACG Governors Washington D.C. fly-in.” ACG canvassed the Capitol grounds and office buildings, meeting 125 members of Congress and staff. The Governors urged congressional leaders to support the SCREEN Act (H.R. 1320 and S. 608) as well as other legislation impacting the GI clinician and patients we serve. Grassroots advocacy continues to be ACG’s most effective public policy tool. ACG is thankful for our committed group of Governors who took time out of their practices and away from family to participate in this very successful fly-in. Thank you ACG Governors!

Daniel Pambianco, MD, FACG, Chair of the ACG Board of Governors with Rep. Robert Hurt (VA)

House Committees Seeking ACG’s Assistance on SGR Reform
On Monday, April 15th, ACG provided the House Ways & Means and House Energy & Commerce Committees with requested feedback on repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and reforming the Medicare reimbursement system. The Committees sought ACG’s, and other specialty societies’, advice on a proposed draft currently under development. The Committees sought ACG’s advice earlier this year as well. The most recent submission urges Congress to look to specialty societies as the “arbiters of quality” should Congress desire to replace the traditional fee-for-service system with a system based on demonstrating quality of care. As each specialty is unique, there are no better organizations to help define “quality of care” than specialty societies such as ACG. 

Please click here to read ACG’s submitted comments.

Please click here to learn more about the proposed model under development.

Please stay tuned for further updates. Please also share and discuss your thoughts with fellow ACG members on the ACG GI Circle. To login and share your comments, go to and sign in as a member. Once you have done so, click here and then click the orange "Visit ACG GI Circle" button to be taken to the GI Circle site. If you have not yet activated your ACG GI Circle account, please email us at

Contact Brad Conway, VP Public Policy, with any questions or for more information.

Brad Conway