Regulatory Issues

AGA works with Congress, regulatory agencies and other health-care organizations to ensure GIs have the needed resources to take care of and concentrate on their patients. AGA advocates for members in all areas of practice including Medicare, coding, third party reimbursement, and health policy and regulation. We also work hard to ensure our members are educated and knowledgeable in these areas that directly relate to their practice of medicine.

In addition, AGA is building strong relationships with the FDA through our involvement in the Network of Experts programs. Learn more.

Reimbursement

  • GI Societies Fighting Medicare Cuts
  • Take Action: Fight Reimbursement Cuts 
  • 2014 Estimated Medicare Reimbursement Rates for GI Services (PDF)
  • 2014 Payment Rules: GI Societies Commit to Fight Pay Cuts (Message from AGA, ACG & ASGE presidents)
  • 2014 Final Payment Rules — Quality Provisions
  • 2014 Final Payment Rules 
  • CPT Coding Updates
  • AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC)

Fecal Microbiota Transplant 

  • Update: An IND Is Not Required for FMT

Physician Payment Sunshine Law

  • AGA Offers FAQ About the Sunshine Rule
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Navigating the Sunshine Law: Preparing for the New Era of Transparency
  • Update on Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule
  • Educational Material Released for the Sunshine Act

Accountable Care Organizations

  • How Will ACO Final Rule Impact Your Practice?
  • AGA responds to ACO proposed rule
  • The top 10 things GIs should know now about ACOs
  • AGA assumes task of deconstructing ACO proposed rule and what it means for GI
  • What GIs need to know about accountable care organizations

Sedation

  • Multi-Society Statement on Propofol Administration
  • Societies Issue Recommendations on Nonanesthesiologist Administration of Propofol for GI Endoscopy
  • www.sedationfacts.org - News and information from AGA, ASGE and SGNA
  • BCBS-TN Abandons Policy on Anesthesia for Endoscopy Services
  • AGA Institute Commends Delay of Aetna Sedation Restrictions
  • Letter to Aetna Regarding Sedation Policy
  • AGA Institute Review of Endoscopic Sedation: Gastroenterologist-Directed Sedation Safe and Effective for Endoscopic Procedures
  • Joint GI Society Consensus Statement on Sedation During Endoscopic Procedures
  • Dr. Douglas Rex Discusses Endoscopist-Directed Administration of Propofol Based on His Research Published in Gastroenterology