This Week – September 12, 2015

This Week in Washington, DC

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

Urge Congress to Support Maintaining Access to CRC Screening and Reversing Proposed Medicare Cuts

Earlier this summer, CMS proposed drastic cuts to the 2016 Medicare physician reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures. On behalf of our members, ACG, AGA, and ASGE continue to fight these cuts and to advocate for fair and accurate reimbursement for all lower endoscopy procedures, including colonoscopy.

We have the support of some important members of Congress. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) are urging fellow U.S. Senators to join them in expressing concern to CMS over these drastic cuts. Representatives Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) have also asked their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to join them in a similar letter.

Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to sign the letter!

Read my full post

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

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.

ACG15_CMSCuts_PetitionHelp Keep the Momentum Building Against Medicare Colonoscopy Cuts

Sign this Online Petition to add your voice and demand that Congress not allow cuts to colonoscopy and help stop Medicare bureaucrats in their tracks.  ACG Urges Members to Support this Petition. So far, nearly 6,400 people have added their signatures (online and on paper) in opposition to the proposed Medicare cuts.  Sign Now

We also need your community’s support to help fight these cuts.  

Post the ACG petition in your office or use this ACG petition signature sheetAccess this “playbook” now for more information on how you can engage your policy makers, colleagues, and patients.