This Week – June 13, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC:

National Affairs Chair Carroll Koscheski, MD, FACG, on “Good News, Bad News: Colorectal Cancer Screeing Rates Up, Quirks in the Law and Forthcoming Reimbursement Cuts May Derail This Progress”

National Affairs - Koscheski .jpgHere’s some good news: Use of lifesaving colorectal screening tests is on the upswing according to American Cancer Society investigators who tracked data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that overall colorectal cancer screening rates among people ages 50 to 75 rose from about 57 percent in 2008 to about 61 percent in 2013. The increase was seen most notably among people who had low incomes, low levels of education and/or were covered by Medicare.

Now for the bad news: Quirks in the Affordable Care Act require a legislative fix if Americans are to receive the full benefit of expanded preventive services while at the same time cuts to reimbursement loom on the horizon threatening access to colorectal screening tests under Medicare.

What You Can Do

Read his full post for details
Urge congress to support the SCREEN Act

6-12-2015 2-18-58 PM.pngPhysician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): Answers to Five of Your Most Pressing Questions

Trying to fulfill public reporting requirements and avoid negative payment adjustments? Confused by the multiple ways you can report to PQRS? ACG Vice President of Public Policy, Brad Conway provides answers to some of your most pressing questions related to PQRS:

  1. Do I have to register for PQRS by June 30, 2015?
  2. Is a qualified PQRS registry and a qualified clinical data registry the same thing?
  3. I am a solo practitioner. Do I need to participate in PQRS to avoid negative payment adjustments?
  4. Can I report to PQRS and the ASC Quality Reporting Program all at once?
  5. I heard claims-based reporting is going away. Is that true? Read his full post for answers