ACG Working on Stark Law Reform: We Need Your Help!

On June 25, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a formal request for information, seeking comment from ACG members and other stakeholders on how to better promote value-based payments.  Specifically, CMS is ...

Medicare Trustees Report Released: why is this important for ACG members?

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council On Tuesday, the 2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds was released, with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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” ...