This Week – March 19, 2016

This Week in Washington, DC

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: ACG Joins Patient Advocates on Capitol Hill
  • ACG will return to the Hill advocating for GI practices in April

Karlitz From Public Relations Committee Chair, Jordan Karlitz, MD, FACG

ACG Joins “Fight Colorectal Cancer” on Capitol Hill

This week, I was honored to be an invited speaker at an advocacy day on Capitol Hill organized by the non-profit group, Fight Colorectal Cancer.  Their “Call on Congress” brings colorectal cancer survivors along with their friends and family members to Capitol Hill to visit Congressional leaders.

The College partners with Fight Colorectal Cancer to support their mission to raise awareness of CRC prevention and promote policy change to make colorectal cancer screening more accessible.

The most powerful part of the day for me was to witness the efforts of the CRC survivors who are the true agents of change when it comes to assuring that colorectal cancer is in the spotlight with regard to awareness and healthcare policy.

Read full blog here.

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On Capitol Hill March 16, 2016 for an event with advocates from Fight Colorectal Cancer

ACG will be back:

This is the second straight week that ACG members have joined patient advocates to urge Congress to pass legislation designed to increase the use of lifesaving colorectal cancer screening tests.  In April, ACG physicians will again be back on Capitol Hill specifically advocating for issues important to GI practices.   Congress and CMS consistently need to hear more about the difficulty in maintaining a GI practice in this current environment of lower reimbursement but higher administrative burdens.  Thus, ACG needs your help:

  1. Is your practice faced with the unfortunate dilemma of potentially limiting Medicare patient volume due to the extraordinary burden of declining reimbursement compounding growing regulatory mandates?  Please reach out to your ACG Governor and share your experience and the challenges you face.  The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the College, acting as a two-way conduit between the 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.

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

  1. Have you signed ACG’s petition to reverse Medicare’s cuts to colonoscopy?  Sign it now.  Have your partners and patients sign it, too.  Congress needs to hear how short-sighted policies impact their constituents.

The College has been guided by a simple credoACG is committed to U.S. gastroenterologists being paid fairly and accurately for a highly skilled intervention which prevents colorectal cancer, reduces suffering, and saves both lives and money.