This Week – August 26, 2017

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • 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

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

ACG Submits MACRA Comments: Urges CMS to help independent GI practices successfully participate in MIPS and APMs

This week, ACG submitted the College’s comments to CMS’ proposed rule on Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program, the regulation outlining proposed requirements for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentives under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  CMS will review these comments and publish the final rule in the fall of 2017.

The College is committed to reducing reporting burdens among practicing gastroenterologists and GI clinicians.  ACG is encouraged that CMS expressed this same overarching goal in this proposed rule, and easing the transition into fully implementing MACRA.  The College’s comments are all rooted in this same theme of reducing administrative and financial burdens borne by GI practices across the nation.  ACG’s goal is to let our membership focus on what they do best: providing high quality GI health care services to Medicare beneficiaries and patients.

ACG’s comments were also included in this recent article on the MACRA proposed rule.


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.


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!