Tri-Society Alert: 2018 Medicare Payment Rules Released

CMS has released two calendar year (CY) 2018 rules that finalize policy and payment changes for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Payment ...

Congress passes 21st Century Cures Act- What does it mean for clinical GI?

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs This week, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act.  The U.S. House passed the bill last week.  After nearly three years of development, the bill seeks to spur medical innovation ...

ACG Member Call to Action for Massachusetts Members: ASC Determination of Need Proposal Needs to Change

Francis P. MacMillan, Jr., MD, FACGACG Governor for Massachusetts The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently released a draft regulation that would prohibit freestanding ASC’s from applying for any Determination of Need (DoN) ...

GI Societies Meet with CMS on Sedation

R. Bruce Cameron, MD, FACG GI Societies Meet with CMS on Sedation R. Bruce Cameron, MD, FACG ACG Representative to the AMA’s RVS Update Committee (RUC) I recently had the chance to participate in a meeting at CMS and wanted ACG members to ...

Thank you, ACG Governors: Medicare Payment Package for Hospitals Includes Meaningful Use Help for ASCs

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs In April, over 45 ACG Governors met with over 250 members of Congress as part of the 2016 ACG Board of Governors’ Washington D.C. Fly-in.  ACG Governors urged Congress to pass the ...

Proposed ASC Rule Includes Increases in Facility Fees for Upper GI Procedures

Brad Conway, ACG Vice President of Public Policy The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule July 2 that includes policy and payment changes for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and ...