This Week – August 19, 2017

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • 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

From ACG National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG

August Recess: Great time to advocate for your patients and GI practices

While Congress is on recess, August is a great time to advocate on behalf of your patients and ACG colleagues. Whether it is improving access to colorectal cancer screening, access to drugs, or enhancing funding for GI research, ACG’s website makes this very easy to do. Reach out to your elected officials while they are at home—health care reform is stalled in Congress but far from over. Now is the perfect time to remind Congress of the important health policy issues impacting ACG members and your patients.

ACG is also busy in August on the regulatory front, as we aim to improve policies impacting your practice, and to reduce the number of administrative and regulatory burdens associated with practicing medicine.

You can view the available action alerts for any current key legislation on the home page of the linked site below. Also, by clicking on the “Bills” section, you can view information about any relevant bills that ACG is tracking at both the federal and state level. See one missing? Let us know!

Click here to take action now!


Back by Popular Demand: Joint ACG-FDA Fellowship Program

Current fellows are invited to submit their application for a one-month rotation at the FDA, sponsored by ACG. The candidate chosen will have the opportunity to participate in daily FDA activities, and will gain first-hand knowledge of the drug and device approval process. The College will provide a stipend for travel and daily living expenses. All applications must be submitted directly to ACG, and will be reviewed by the ACG FDA Related Matters Committee along with staff at the FDA.

Upon completion of the rotation (while you are a fellow), the candidate will be invited by ACG to present his or her experiences at the following ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. The application process is now open. All applications must be submitted by September 22, 2017. The candidate will be chosen and notified of acceptance by November 2017.

For complete details regarding the FDA-ACG Fellowship Program, click here.

Don’t forget to use ACG’s MACRA resources

ACG members are encouraged to use the various MACRA resources, including the detailed overview of MACRA, “ACG’s “Making $ense of MACRA”, the ACG-CMS webinar on MIPS program, and ACG’s “quality reporting checklist.”  Check out the comprehensive list of ACG’s “MACRA Tidbit for the Week” here as well.