ACA Repeal Watch: Week of Congressional Hearings

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On Wednesday, February 1st, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the impending fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

Rep. Tom Price, MD and Seema Verma to lead HHS and CMS

This week, President-elect Donald Trump selected Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) to serve as the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). President-elect Trump has also chosen Seema Verma, a Medicaid health policy consultant, ...

CMS Announcement: Easing MACRA requirements for CY 2017

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Agency will ease reporting restrictions and potential payment cuts under Medicare’s new reimbursement ...

ACA Back in the News: a good time for some updated statistics for ACG members

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs This week, Aetna announced that the company intends to withdraw most of its “2017 public exchange expansion plans” and undergo “a complete evaluation of future participation in ...

Update from the Hill: Congress in Recess until September; Lame Duck Post-Election Schedule

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs Congress left for a seven-week recess on July 14 and will return after Labor Day, giving lawmakers limited time to act on a number of outstanding legislative priorities before the fall ...

Private Insurers Participating in Health Exchanges Must Waive Bowel Preparation Costs

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On April 20th, the Federal Government provided important guidance for private group plans participating in health exchanges set up via the ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...