ACG Member Update: Imaging IV Contrast Supplies

From ACG FDA Related Matters Committee Chair, Eric D. Shah, MD, MBA, FACG

As many ACG members are aware, there is currently a shortage of IV contrast supplies across the U.S. Specifically, iohexol and iodixanol intravenous contrast media products for computed tomography imaging. ACG is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others in providing updates from the manufacturers. This week, GE Healthcare released a statement providing background on the shortages and the supply-chain issues due to the March 2022 COVID lockdowns in China. The impacted facility had increased production output from 0% of capacity when the plant was closed but was at 60% output as of May 21, 2022. GE Healthcare expects the plant to be producing at 75% in the next two weeks. According to the FDA, these issues should be resolved by July. ACG will continue to alert membership on the latest updates from the FDA and manufacturers.

New York ACG Members: Urge Your State Senators to Oppose S. 74A

From ACG Southern New York Governor, Shireen A. Pais, MD, FACG

ACG is working with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) in opposing an important bill. New York ACG Members, please urge your state Senators to oppose a bill that would create increases in New York’s medical liability costs by greatly expanding the types of damages awardable in wrongful death actions.

Kick Off the Summer by Joining the ACG NAAN

From ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council Chair, Louis J. Wilson, MD, FACG

Working with Congress, the ACG NAAN and Board of Governors strive to increase access to care and decrease these burdens unfairly borne by GI practices. ACG will continue to serve as your voice for clinical gastroenterology and our patients on Capitol Hill and in State Houses across the country.

Pack the ACG Toolbox and Coolers to Your Memorial Day Cookouts

From ACG Practice Management Committee Chair, Stephen T. Amann, MD, FACG

Impress your colleagues, neighbors, and family with the practice management insights and tips from your ACG colleagues. The ACG Practice Management 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.

ACG's Coding Tip of the Week

This week's ACG Coding Tip of the Week is on monitored anesthesia care.

The ACG Practice Management Committee offers professional coding and documentation assistance for ACG members, tailored to your individual practice’s questions and needs. ACG's Coding & Billing Forum and Arlene Morrow, CPC, CMM, CMSCS walk through the background and important changes for you.