This Week – August 29, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

National Affairs - Koscheski .jpg From National Affairs Chair Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG

ICD-10 Updates and Tips

As you are aware, on October 1, the Medicare claims processing system is set to begin using the new ICD-10 codes. I wanted to provide a few tips and updates in response to some of your most pressing questions to help ease this transition process, such as:

  • Importance of EMR check
  • Why software compliance doesn’t end with your EMR system
  • When and why to submit test claims
  • The critical key to successful ICD-10 implementation

Read my full post for details

Need a cheat sheet? ACG has prepared a helpful ICD-10 Playbook, including ICD-10 Coding Cheat-Sheets where you can easily search by GI category.


National Affairs - Koscheski .jpg From Past ACG President, IBD Expert Seymour Katz, MD, MACG

Act Now to Help Ensure Complex Patient Care, Cognitive Services Get New Codes

A recent CMS proposal may be a positive step for those of us in academic institutions or private practices whose “value” is benchmarked off the relative value unit (RVU) system but spend a significant amount of our time performing lower RVU evaluation and management (E&M) services to complex patients.

As part of the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS is seeking stakeholder feedback on creating codes for cognitive services that require more time and work than traditional E&M services. The goal of such efforts would be to better describe and value the physician work (time and intensity) for these complex patients. Follow these simple steps to help ensure complex patient Care, cognitive services get new codes. Read my full post.


National Affairs - Koscheski .jpgHelp Keep the Momentum Building against Medicare Colonoscopy Cuts

Sign this Online Petition to add your voice to demand that Congress not allow cuts to colonoscopy and help stop Medicare bureaucrats in their tracks.  ACG Urges Members to Support this Petition. So far, nearly 6,400 people have added their signatures (online and on paper) in opposition to the proposed Medicare cuts.  Sign Now

We also need your community’s support to help fight these cuts.  

Post the ACG petition in your office or use this ACG petition signature sheetAccess this “playbook” now for more information on how you can engage your policy makers, colleagues, and patients.