This Week – August 8, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

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

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, which, if finalized, would drastically cut reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures.  During a recent meeting with officials at CMS, leaders from ACG, AGA, and ASGE argued that proposed colonoscopy reimbursement cuts were made based on flawed data.

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Take Action: Learn more about the College’s strategy to build support for the SCREEN Act (S.1079/H.R. 2035)

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, more than 4,500 people have added their signatures 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.

Hanauer.jpgFrom ACG President Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG: FDA’s Safety Communication on Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing

This week, the FDA announced supplemental measures to enhance duodenoscope reprocessing, including all endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. The College recognizes that this important infection control issue remains largely unsettled, but since potentially lifesaving procedures cannot be sidelined, this FDA Safety Communication provides guidance to endoscopists to help reduce infection from duodenoscopes.  Here is what you should know.