This Week – February 27, 2016

This Week in Washington, DC

  • 3 Important Meaningful Use Dates: What You Need to Know
  • At the State and Local Level: Kentucky Passes Bill to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy

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

Important Meaningful Use Dates are Right Around the Corner

Did you receive a letter from CMS indicating that your 2016 Medicare payments will be cut due to failing to participant in Meaningful Use back in 2014?  The deadline to appeal this determination is fast approaching.

Are you planning to attest to satisfying the Meaningful Use 2015 reporting period?  March is right around the corner.  GIQuIC members planning to attest to Meaningful Use may also use their participation in GIQuIC to help successfully meet these requirements.  Contact GIQuIC.

Did you know that all ACG members can apply for and receive a blanket Meaningful Use exemption for the 2015 reporting year?  Congress passed this hardship exemption in late 2015.  Please see the instructions below.  Also take note that even ACG members planning to attest to meeting the 2015 Meaningful Use reporting year can also apply for this blanket hardship exemption, simply as additional security and without penalty.

2016 Medicare Provider Reconsiderations Application

The deadline for Eligible Professionals to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2016 payment adjustment (based on the 2014 EHR reporting period).

Only apply if you have received a letter from Medicare indicating that you are subject to the 2016 payment adjustment.

Application and Guidance.  For more inquiries about the Reconsideration Application, please email

February 29, 2016
Medicare Attestation for Meaningful Use for 2015 Reporting Year

You can attest through the CMS Medicare EHR  Incentive Programs Attestation System:

March 11, 2016
“Modified” Stage 2 Hardship Exemption for 2015 Reporting Year
Complete the application found here

Please read:

ACG Members should apply for a hardship exemption under the “EHR Certification/Vendor Issues (CEHRT Issues)”category.  This is “Option 2.2.d” in the application.

ACG Members should skip Section 3 as well.

Further Application Guidance

July 1, 2016

Galandiuk.jpgFrom ACG Governor for Kentucky, Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG

Kentucky Passes Bill to Waive Patient Cost-Sharing for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Screening Colonoscopy

Great news for our patients: effective Jan. 1, 2016, screening colonoscopies in Kentucky for asymptomatic individuals are fully covered by insurance, even if a polyp is found and removed, as well as colonoscopies after a positive fecal blood test. The state legislature in Oregon recently passed a similar bill.

These state bills share the same goal that ACG and others are trying to accomplish at the federal level. The SCREEN Act (S. 1079; HR 2035) removes financial barriers throughout the “screening continuum,” so that cost-sharing would not apply, whether the colonoscopy was a preventive test, or as the result of a positive finding on another screening modality. The SCREEN Act also reverses recent cuts to colonoscopy in Medicare. Please click here to express your support for the SCREEN Act.

View my full post here.