This Week – January 14, 2017

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • ACG Practice Management Center: Important Updates for ACG Members
  • ACA Repeal Watch: Wheels set in motion but proceeding with caution
  • At the state and local level: ACG working to eliminate ASC tax in Connecticut

From ACG Practice Management Committee Chair, Michael S. Morelli, MD, CPE, FACG

ACG Practice Management Center: Important Updates for ACG Members

ACG Members: Need Help with MACRA?

ACG’s MACRA website not only hosts the various MIPS and APM requirements, and payment updates, but also lists each measure and activity you can choose to report.  This includes the MIPS Quality Category, the Improvement Activities Category, as well as the Advancing Care Information Category.

ACG Guidance on Moderate Sedation Changes- What do you need to know?

As ACG and the GI societies informed you in 2016, CMS announced new changes regarding moderate sedation beginning 2017.  Check out ACG’s Moderate Summary and Educational Tool.  ACG has created a summary of these changes and a chart of impacted codes.

ACG Members: 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation Period (Jan 3 – Feb 28) & more: read the full blog here.


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

ACA Repeal Watch: Wheels set in motion but proceeding with caution

The U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution (S Con Res 3) on Thursday, which instructs the four congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care to draft the bill repealing parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as the ACA) by January 27, 2017. The House passed the measure on Friday.

It is important to note that this January 27 deadline for a repeal measure is merely advisory.  This budget resolution contains instructions that will put committees to work on repeal language in reconciliation bills. Section 2001 instructs the Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees to “report changes in laws within its jurisdiction to reduce the deficit” by no less than $1 billion over the next 10 years.  Under this plan, a repeal measure could be on President-elect Trump’s desk as early as February.  However, plans to repeal the ACA may extend past this deadline. It is also important to note that only certain sections of the ACA can be repealed via this reconciliation process.  For example, it is unclear whether the sections on colorectal cancer screening and/or preventive services will be impacted via the reconciliation process.

A group of Republican senators sought to delay the target release date of a repeal measure to March 3, but this amendment was withdrawn. Click here to learn more.


From ACG Governor for Connecticut, Jeffry L. Nestler, MD, FACG

At the state and local level: ACG working to eliminate ASC tax in Connecticut

ACG is working again with the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (CAASC) to eliminate an unfair and burdensome ASC gross receipts provider tax passed in late 2015.  ACG Governor for Connecticut Jeffrey Nestler, MD FACG and other ACG members from Connecticut are actively involved on behalf of ACG.  This week, ACG urged members to contact their state leaders and sponsor legislation.

Remember to contact your ACG Governor on important state and local issues impacting you and your practice.

The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the American College of Gastroenterology. Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. There are currently 76 Governors across seven different regions in the U.S. and abroad. The Board of Governors acts as a two-way conduit between College leadership and the membership at-large. This helps the College make certain it is meeting the evolving needs of the membership.  Contact your ACG Governor today.