2 Important CMS Updates for GI Practices: Biosimilar Changes and Medicare Appeals Guidance

Medicare Part B Biosimilar Payment and Required New Codes: Dates of Service on or after April 1, 2018 Pursuant to a recent CMS update, the “Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Drug/Biological Code Changes – April ...

Important Date for ACG Members: CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the “Quality Payment Program,” you now have until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 PM (EDT) to submit your 2017 MIPS ...

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

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council MIPS and Larger Group Practices: Are larger groups unfairly treated in MIPS Quality Category?  What is ACG doing for you? MACRA provides that the Centers for Medicare ...

CMS Actuary Office releases projections on U.S. healthcare spending

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council On Wednesday, the CMS Actuary Office stated that U.S. health care spending is projected to grow from 4% in 2016 to 5% this year, and 5.7 % by 2021; on track to spend ...

Important FDA Safety Alerts in GI: What you need to know

Boxed warning for Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning this week stating that the liver disease medicine Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been incorrectly dosed daily instead of weekly in patients ...

From the ACG Governors: Updated on Saline Shortages

The ACG Board of Governors meets regularly throughout the year to discuss important clinical and practice management issues impacting ACG members and our patients.  The ACG Governors recently met in Las Vegas during the 2018 ACG IBD School ...