This Week – May 26, 2018

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • Memorial Day Weekend: Check out the latest updates to the ACG Practice Management Toolbox
  • At the State and Local Level: ACG members in Massachusetts: urge your support for the “Acts to Reduce Health Care Costs Through Improved Medication Management” bills!

Memorial Day Weekend: Check out the latest updates to the ACG Practice Management Toolbox

Gastroenterologists in private practice find themselves working in a time of unprecedented transformation. Pressures are high as they make important management decisions that profoundly affect their business future, their private lives, and their ability to provide care to patients. The ACG Practice Management Committee has a mission to bring practicing colleagues together in order to explore solutions, overcome management challenges, improve operations, enhance productivity, and support physician-leadership. It was in this spirit that the Practice Management Toolbox was created.

The Toolbox is a series of short articles, written by practicing gastroenterologists, providing ACG members with easily accessible information to improve their practices. Each article covers an issue important to private practice gastroenterologists and physician-lead clinical practices. They include a brief introduction, a topic overview, specific suggestions, helpful examples and a list of resources or references.


At the State and Local Level:
ACG members in Massachusetts: urge your support for the “Acts to Reduce Health Care Costs Through Improved Medication Management” bills!

The “Acts to Reduce Health Care Costs Through Improved Medication Management” (S.551 and H.492) have been introduced in both the House and Senate, by State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-MA) and State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-MA). ACG is working with the Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association in support of these bills, and participated in the Joint Committee on Financial Services hearing regarding Pharmacy and Medical Malpractice last year. There is an opportunity to include H.492 in the House Health Care Reform bill. Please contact your state representatives today to urge their support.

Step Therapy entails the “fail first” drug therapy requirements, in which patients are forced by insurers to try and fail with one or more medications before the insurer approves the cost of the medication which ACG members originally prescribed. ACG has focused efforts to limit insurer “Step Therapy” requirements at both the federal and state level. Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) has introduced the federal “Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act of 2017” (HR 2077), which allows for exemptions for Step Therapy requirements in health plans regulated by federal law. Last month, over 50 ACG Governors and members of the ACG Leadership advocated for this bill on your behalf during the 2018 ACG Board of Governors Legislative Fly-In.

To help make an impact, your legislators need to hear from you directly, and the ACG website makes this process quick and simple. Use the links below to advocate your support.

ACG Members in Massachusetts: click here to take action now!

All ACG members: click here to take action on the federal Step Therapy bill!