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 ...

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 Releases CY 2017 Medicare Outpatient Facility Rates and Physician Fee Schedule

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare facility fees for the hospital outpatient department (HOPD) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC), ...

Final MACRA Rule a Hot Topic at ACG Meeting

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the highly anticipated final rule outlining details of Medicare reimbursement reform beginning next ...

ICD-10 Grace Period Ends; ACG can help make sure you are using the current ICD-10 set

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs ACG has previously alerted members that the grace period for using the wrong ICD-10 codes has ended.  Beginning October 1, 2016, all Medicare claims must include valid ICD-10 codes to ...

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 ...