This Week – December 5, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

National Affairs - Koscheski .jpg From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG

Congress Must Pass Legislation Important to Clinical GI

As you are aware, Medicare has finalized plans to significantly cut colonoscopy reimbursement beginning January 2016. Did you know that in anticipation for these cuts, the ACG has urged Congress to pass the SCREEN ACT (S.1079, H.R.2035) throughout 2015? The SCREEN Act would keep colonoscopy reimbursement at CY 2015 levels until the new Medicare reimbursement system begins in 2019. The SCREEN Act is the only bill currently in Congress addressing these forthcoming cuts.

How can I get my colleagues and patients involved?

You can take action at the local and national level to express your frustration and to oppose these cuts.

  1. Connect to your Member of Congress via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard by calling 202-224-3121.
  2. Send this previously prepared email to your Senators and Representative via the ACG website.
  3. Sign ACG’s Medicare Colonoscopy Petition, and urge your colleagues and patients to sign it as well. How active is your state compared to others? Take it upon yourselves to drive up your state’s numbers!  Please note that these state petition numbers reflect the totals of both the online signatures and paper petitions submitted to the ACG office.

ACG can then use your individual advocacy efforts and state’s aggregate petition data to garner more support on Capitol Hill.

Other Updates: The Removing Barriers for Colorectal Cancer Screening Act

Great news! Thanks in part to ACG members advocating for this bill, the Removing Barriers for Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (HR 1220) now has over 200 House cosponsors. Let’s keep it up!

Read my full post to learn more.