ACG Practice Management Toolbox: Incorporating Hemorrhoidal Banding into your Clinical Practice
- New! ACG Practice Management Toolbox Article: Incorporating Hemorrhoidal Banding into your Clinical Practice
- Call to Action: Ask your representatives to support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019!
- ACG Governors in Washington D.C. next month: Important local issues impacting your area? Contact your ACG Governor!
New! ACG Practice Management Toolbox Article: Incorporating Hemorrhoidal Banding into your Clinical Practice
New this week to the ACG Practice Management Toolbox is an article brought to you by Sameer Islam, MD, MBA and Manish Tandon, MD of the ACG Practice Management Committee in the Reimbursement and Revenue category. In “Incorporating Hemorrhoidal Banding into your Clinical Practice,” the vast prevalence of hemorrhoid disease in GI patients makes a case for adding a simple, cost-effective banding procedure as a service in your practice. The authors outline the practical suggestions for choosing the best kit options, and what steps are entailed in the procedure itself.
What is the 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 to explore solutions to overcome management challenges, to 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, that provide 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. Each month a new edition of the Toolbox will be released and will then remain available here along with all previous editions. The Practice Management Committee is confident this series will a provide valuable resource for members striving to optimize their practices.
Call to Action: Ask your representatives to support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019!
We need your help! A bill that ACG has strongly supported in the past has been reintroduced in the new congress. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019 (S.668/H.R.1570).” Representatives Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Rodney Davis (R-IL), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), and David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) introduced a corresponding bill in the House. The bill fixes a Medicare coverage quirk contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by waiving Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing when screening colonoscopies turn therapeutic. Right now, Medicare only has the authority to waive the patient coinsurance for colonoscopies that remain a “screening.” The legislation has already garnered solid bipartisan support, with 42 and 122 cosponsors in the Senate and House, respectively, at the time of this writing.
How can I get involved?
What are some important bills impacting GI in Congress? In your state? How can you easily voice your support?
ACG’s Legislative Action Center is your one stop resource to review and advocate for various federal and state bills impacting your profession, practice, and patients.
ACG Governors in Washington D.C. next month: Important local issues impacting your area? Contact your ACG Governor!
ACG Governors and other ACG members will meeting with legislators on Capitol Hill next month as part of the 2019 ACG Board of Governors Washington D.C. Fly-In and Spring Meeting. We will be there to advocate on your behalf!
The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the American College of Gastroenterology. Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. There are currently 77 Governors across seven different regions in the U.S. and abroad. The Board of Governors acts as a two-way conduit between College leadership and the membership at-large. This helps the College make certain it is meeting the evolving needs of the membership.