This Week – November 14

This Week in Washington, DC

This week the College continued to grapple with the implications of CMS’ decision to cut the colonoscopy family of codes under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and, after months of advocacy, ABIM heeded the call to simplify earning MOC credits.

Reverse Medicare’s Colonoscopy Cuts – Support the SCREEN Act

Dr. Whit Knapple, Chair of National Affairs, outlines the challenges and the College’s response. He calls on ACG members to activate support for the SCREEN Act (S. 1079/H.R. 2035), the only bill currently in Congress that addresses these cuts.

ABIM approves CME for MOC points

After months of working with ABIM to improve the MOC process, ACG’s message to ABIM that MOC needed to be “simpler, less intrusive, and less expensive,” is closer to reality. On November 12, 2015, ABIM notified diplomates that CME from an approved provider now qualifies for MOC credit. While there is more to do to fix the onerous MOC process, this is a helpful step forward.

ACG’s Letter to ABIM re: “2020 Task Force on MOC”

The College shared its longstanding concerns about the MOC process at a meeting at ABIM in Philadelphia on November 2, 2015 and in a letter on November 6, 2015 to the ABIM’s President, Richard J. Baron that questions the relevance of the program which ACG’s sees as “largely duplicative, time consuming and expensive.” ACG called on ABIM to re-orient the focus from “busy-work” to the promotion of meaningful life-long learning.