This Week – September 20, 2014

This Week in Washington DC:

  1. ACG on Capitol Hill Meeting Members of Congress

ACG National Affairs Committee Chair Thanks Congress for Their Support

On Wednesday, September 17th, ACG National Affairs Committee Chair and Governor for North Carolina, Carroll Koscheski, MD FACG was in Washington D.C. meeting with the North Carolina congressional delegation and other members of Congress who have supported efforts for greater transparency in Medicare reimbursement rulemaking. Dr. Koscheski also met with staff with Rep. Bill Cassidy, MD FACG (R-LA) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and thanked them for their leadership on this important issue. As we have highlighted in previous alerts, ACG and the GI societies have worked with Congress in urging CMS for greater transparency and adequate time for ACG members to learn about and prepare for upcoming Medicare reimbursement changes. Sen. Ayotte and Rep. Cassidy, MD continue to lead their respective colleagues in the push for greater transparency from CMS. (Sen. Ayotte Senate LetterRep. Cassidy, MD House letter)

Dr. Koscheski also urged Congress to pass the SCREEN Act (S. 608 / H.R. 1320) despite the divisive political environment on Capitol Hill. This bill improves quality of care in our specialty by encouraging the use of quality improvement registries and eliminates Medicare beneficiary financial barriers to life-saving screening colonoscopy. What’s more, this bill ensures reimbursement for colonoscopy is fair, accurate, and consistent with the goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening utilization rates in Medicare.

ACG thanks Dr. Koscheski for taking the time out of his practice and away from family to visit Capitol Hill.

Dr. Caroll Koscheski, MD FACG with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). Thanks in part to Dr. Koscheski and ACG members from North Carolina, Sen. Hagan was the only democratic senator to join Sen. Ayotte and colleagues in urging CMS for greater transparency in Medicare reimbursement rulemaking.ext here.

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Contact Brad Conway, VP Public Policy, with any questions or for more information.

Brad Conway