This Week – June 20, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC:

National Affairs Chair Carroll Koscheski, MD, FACG, “Shocker: High Quality Colonoscopy Saves Lives”

National Affairs - Koscheski .jpgA study published this week concluded that higher quality colonoscopies in terms of better adenoma detection were associated with as high as 50 to 60 percent lower lifetime risk for colorectal cancer incidence and death without incurring higher costs.

Colonoscopy saves lives, and high quality colonoscopies save even more. Adenoma detection rate is an important measure of colonoscopy quality, researchers noted in the June 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So what are GI physicians doing to promote higher quality colonoscopies?

Private GI practitioners are all too familiar with the buzzwords of “pay for performance” and “value-based care.” We also understand that many government initiatives requiring us to demonstrate our “performance” or “value” may not actually translate into what we think is “quality” or better outcomes.

What’s more, we often struggle to balance the need to invest in initiatives that will improve the quality of care we provide with just trying to stay afloat as an independent medical practice. This balancing act is becoming increasingly difficult as colonoscopy reimbursement continues to be threatened in Medicare and in private insurance world.

What You Can Do
Read full post for important call to action
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