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AGA Submits Comment Letter to CMS

Sept. 10, 2015

Comments provided by AGA, ACG and ASGE focused on the areas of payment policies and quality improvement.

On Sept. 8, AGA, ACG and ASGE submitted formal comments to CMS that include an in-depth and detailed review of CMS’ flawed methodologies and rationale for making cuts to reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures, as well as issues related to quality improvement.

In the letter, the three societies note:

“If unchanged, the proposed 2016 PFS rates for lower GI endoscopy procedures would cut physician work values for some colonoscopy procedures by up to 20 percent. It is short sighted and counter productive to propose policies that will undermine access to proven cancer prevention strategies and endanger all of the progress and current momentum we have made as a nation over the past two decades in our fight against colorectal cancer.” 

Read the entire letter 


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