2018 Public Policy Year in Review: what did ACG do for you?

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    ACG-Logo-Blue2018 Public Policy Year in Review:

     

    What did ACG do for you?

     

    Another look at last year’s important policy highlights.


    December 2018

     

    December 22, 2018

    • Government shutdown still looms (at the time of this writing)
    • An update on the recent ACA lawsuit
    • CMS Provides 2017 National Healthcare Spending Estimates: $10,730 per person

    December 15, 2018

    • FDA Safety Communication: FDA Provides Interim Results of Duodenoscope Reprocessing Studies Conducted in Real-World Settings
    • Tri-Society Alert: CY 2019 Medicare PFS Final Rule: A Comprehensive Review from ACG, AGA and ASGE
    • At the State and Local Level: Step Therapy Bill Passes Senate in Ohio

    December 8, 2018

    • FDA Releases Proposed Guidelines on NASH Drug Development
    • ACG Recognizes IBD Awareness Week (December 1-7)
    • ACG Members: Don’t forgot about your 2018 MIPS Reporting Requirements

    December 1, 2018

    • ACG Governors’ Advocacy Paying off: CMS Guidance on MIPS and Areas Impacted by Natural Disasters

    November 2018

     

    November 10, 2018

    • November 2018 Elections: Health Care a Major Ballot Issue for States and U.S. Congress

    November 3, 2018

    • November 2018 Election Outlook: what did you miss during the ACG Practice Management Course?
    • Health Care on Ballot in Various States

    October 2018

     

    October 27, 2018

    • ACG Urges CMS to Grant MIPS Exemptions for States Impacted by Hurricane Michael

    October 20, 2018

    • FDA Pediatric IBD Workshop: Register to Attend November Event

    October 6, 2018

    • A review of recent work ACG is doing for you

    September 2018

     

    September 29, 2018

    • ACG Urges CMS to Grant MIPS Exemptions for States Impacted by Hurricane Florence

    September 22, 2018

    September 15, 2018

    • APMs and Value-Based Care in Spotlight.  ACG is here to help!

    September 8, 2018

    • Tri-Society Alert: TAKE ACTION: Tell CMS to Withdraw Harmful E/M Proposals
    • ACA Repeal Watch: Dallas is the Setting for the Latest Attempt at Repeal Efforts

    September 1, 2018

    • Urge Your Members of Congress to Say “No” to CMS’ New E/M Proposal!

    August 2018

     

    August 25, 2018

    • Don’t miss in the latest issue of ACG Magazine: ACG Governors Making an Impact and Important Practice Management Tips for ACG Members

    August 18, 2018

    • Call to Action: Urge your representatives to sign onto the congressional letter opposing “step therapy” prior authorizations!

    August 4, 2018

    • ACG Practice Management Committee Completes Work Retreat, “Better Practices Make Better Lives”

    July 2018

     

    July 28, 2018

    • Call to Action: Urge the Senate to support the Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Transparency Act of 2018!

    July 21, 2018

    • ACG Active on Stark Law Reform: Working with Congress and CMS
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Should the Trend in CMS’ Estimated MIPS Bonuses Raise Some Concern?

    July 14, 2018


    June 2018

     

    June 30, 2018

    • ACG’s Legislative Action Center: Your Resource for Important Federal and State Bills Impacting Clinical GI

    June 16, 2018

    • ACG Advocates for Gender Equity and Physician Compensation at AMA HOD Meeting
    • AMA Article on ACG Efforts for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

    June 9, 2018

    • ACG Back on Capitol Hill: Participating in Health Reform Policy Discussions
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Medicare Trustees Report Weighs in on the Future of MACRA

    June 2, 2018

    • CMS Highlights Success of MACRA Year 1: High on Praise, but Short on Details

    May 2018

     

    May 26, 2018

    • 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!

    May 19, 2018

    • Don’t miss in the latest issue of the ACG Magazine: ACG Governors Fly-in and Important Practice Management Tips for ACG Members
    • Busy Week on Drug Costs and Pricing: Data on Popular Drugs in GI
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: ACG’s Quality Reporting Checklist

    May 12, 2018

    • Check your MIPS Eligibility Status for 2018: do you have to participate in MIPS?
    • At the state and local level: ACG members in Minnesota: “Step Therapy override” bill passes the House; urge your representatives to support the Senate bill!
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: The MIPS “Improvement Activities” Performance Category

    April 2018

     

    April 28, 2018

    • ACG to lawmakers: Support legislation to remove GI care barriers
    • GIQuIC: More than a Decade of Endoscopic Improvement Through Observation & Upcoming Webinar

    April 21, 2018

    • 2018 ACG Board of Governors Legislative Fly-In: advocating for you and your patients

    April 7, 2018

    • 2 Important CMS Updates for GI Practices: Biosimilar Coding Changes and Medicare Appeals Guidance
    • Call to Action: ACG active on Step Therapy bills at state and federal level. New bill just introduced in Minnesota!
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: The MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category: Breaking down the complexity

    March 2018

     

    March 31, 2018

    • ACG Co-hosts FDA GREAT V Public Workshop: thank you for participating!
    • Important Date for ACG Members: CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline
    • Call to Action: ACG active on Step Therapy bills at state and federal level

    March 24, 2018

    • Supporting CRC Advocates on Capitol Hill – ACG Joins Fight CRC’s 2018 “Call on Congress”
    • Call to Action: Urge your representatives to support the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act” (S. 479; HR 1017)!
    • ACG Co-hosting Meeting with FDA: GREAT 5 for Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Pediatric Functional Constipation
    • Good news for ACG members: Anthem rescinds modifier 25 payment policy
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: the MIPS Quality Performance Category in 2018: the basics, and some helpful scoring examples.

    March 10, 2018

    • MIPS for all practice sizes: ACG advocating on behalf small and large GI practices

    March 2, 2018


    February 2018

     

    February 24, 2018

    February 17, 2018

    • MIPS-eligible Clinicians Can Now View Performance Scores for 2017 Claims Data
    • CMS Actuary Office releases projections on U.S. healthcare spending
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: Do I even have to participate in the QPP in 2018?

    February 10, 2018

    • ACG Advocacy Successful on Multiple Fronts: Congress Includes Various ACG Priorities in Two-Year Budget
    • GIQuIC and the MIPS 2018 QCDR Reporting Option
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MACRA 2018: Back to the basics and key takeaways

    February 3, 2018

    • Important FDA Safety Alerts in GI: What you need to know
    • CMS updates to 2017 “Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances” Policy for MIPS: Important for ACG members in recent natural disaster areas
    • From the ACG Governors: Update on Saline Shortages

    January 2018

     

    January 27, 2018

    • ACG Guidance: Practical Tips for Reporting MIPS Data
    • Updated MACRA Information for 2018: ACG’s Guidance Tailored for GI Clinicians

    January 20, 2018

    • CMS Releases Data on 2018 Medicare Value-Based Modifier Bonuses/Cuts: Why is this important to ACG members?
    • ACG Updates 2018 Medicare Reimbursement Data for GI Services
    • At the State and Local Level: Step therapy bills introduced in Virginia and Washington state

    January 13, 2018

    • CMS Announces New Medicare Episode Payment Bundle- Here’s what you need to know
    • Updated MACRA Information for 2018: ACG’s Guidance Tailored for GI Clinicians
    • At the State and Local Level: MOC-related bill introduced in Virginia
    • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MedPAC Votes to Get Rid of MIPS

    January 6, 2018

    • CMS Clarifies Position on Texting Physician Orders
    • CMS Approves GIQuIC as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the 2018 Reporting Year
    • 2017 Public Policy and Practice Management Year in Review: What did ACG do for you?
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