This Week – November 7, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

It has been a frustrating week marked by the news that for 2016, CMS will cut the colonoscopy family of codes under Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule deeply, slashing payment for some colonoscopy procedures by more than 17 percent.  In making these cuts, CMS relied on the recommendations of the RUC and has effectively rubberstamped a fundamentally flawed and unfair process and disregarded the public health priority of increasing colorectal cancer screening for Medicare.

ACG President Kenneth R. DeVault, MD, FACG responded to this devastating news in a blog post this week.

Kenneth R. DeVault, MD, FACGKeep the Pressure On: ACG’s Credo on Medicare Cuts

I want to let you know that the ACG takes recent CMS changes in colonoscopy reimbursement extremely seriously and we are working tirelessly to represent you in this critical issue. The College has been guided by a simple credo: ACG is committed to U.S. gastroenterologists being paid fairly and accurately for a highly skilled intervention which prevents colorectal cancer, reduces suffering, saves lives and saves money. Read my full post