This Week – October 3, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

National Affairs - Koscheski .jpg From National Affairs Chair Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG

Congress Supports Colorectal Cancer Screening

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) applaud 27 members of the U.S. Senate and 94 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider the effect colonoscopy has had in reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer when determining whether a drastic reduction in Medicare payment for colonoscopy is justified.

The three gastroenterology societies, which together represent virtually every gastroenterologist in the nation, specifically thank Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bill Cassidy, MD, FACG (R-LA), and Representatives Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) who championed these U.S. Senate and House letters to CMS. Read full post


ICD 10 Begins! ACG Has Resources to Help Your Transition

As you are aware, on October 1, the Medicare claims processing system began using the new ICD-10 codes. I wanted to provide a few tips and updates in response to some of your most pressing questions to help ease this transition process, such as:

  • Importance of EMR check
  • Why software compliance doesn’t end with your EMR system
  • When and why to submit test claims
  • The most critical key to successful ICD-10 implementation

Read my full post for details

Need a cheat sheet? ACG has prepared a helpful ICD-10 Playbook, including ICD-10 Coding Cheat-Sheets where you can easily search by GI category.