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 ...

ACG Guidance: Practical Tips for Reporting MIPS Data

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council As ACG has previously reported, CMS has opened the “Quality Payment Program” website to submit your 2017 MIPS reporting data.  ACG members can click here to begin ...

CMS Announces New Medicare Episode Payment Bundle- Here’s what you need to know

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new voluntary episode payment model, the “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced” ...

2017 Public Policy and Practice Management Year in Review: what did ACG do for you?

2017 Public Policy and Practice Management Year in Review:   What did ACG do for you?   Another look at last year’s important policy highlights. December November October September August July June May April March February January December ...