This Week – September 26, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

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

Urgent: You Can Still Help Stop Medicare Cuts!

Thank you ACG members! ACG and the GI societies have been extremely active on Capitol Hill, urging members of Congress to help fight proposed cuts to colonoscopy.  ACG members reached out to hundreds of congressional offices via email and phone over these past two weeks.  In addition, we have secured nearly 7,000 signatures on the ACG online and paper petitions opposing these cuts.

We used this petition to reach out to congressional offices, in order to show how many constituents in their states oppose these cuts.  Many in Congress agreed to sign the Dear Colleague letters in the U.S. House and Senate only after hearing from you as the substantive expert and constituent.

What You Can Do

You may still urge your members to sign these letters. Call now– to make a last-ditch (but vital) effort while staff are still collecting signatures!

Follow this link for information on how to contact your legislators.

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ICD-10 Updates and Tips

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

  • The 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

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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.

ACG15_CMSCuts_PetitionFrom ACG President Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

ACG 2015 Prompts Reflections on My Year as President

Our Annual Scientific Meeting and Post Graduate Course October 16-21 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is fast approaching. In the meantime, as I begin to reflect on my year as president, many of our efforts have been focused on two critical aspects of our profession: maintenance of certification and reversing proposed drastic cuts to Medicare reimbursement for lower endoscopy procedures. Both of these remain quite fluid and will not be immediately resolved.

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