2015-09-10 15:10:24 UTC

Contact Congress to Support CRC Screening

Sept. 10, 2015

Urge lawmakers to support maintaining access to CRC screening and reversing proposed Medicare cuts.

Earlier this summer, CMS proposed drastic cuts to the 2016 Medicare physician reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures. On behalf of our members, AGA, ACG and ASGE continue to fight these cuts and to advocate for fair and accurate reimbursement for all lower endoscopy procedures, including colonoscopy. 

We have the support of some important members of Congress. Senators Ben Cardin, D-MD, and Bill Cassidy, MD, R-LA, are urging fellow U.S. senators to join them in expressing concern to CMS over these drastic cuts. Representatives Donald Payne Jr., D-NJ, and Leonard Lance, R-NJ, have also asked their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to join them in a similar letter. Specifically, the letter addresses two key issues:

  • Recently proposed Medicare payment cuts to colonoscopy.
  • The impact of cuts on access to colorectal cancer screening, especially in light of recent gains made in access to this life saving procedure.

We need your help. Please contact your U.S. senators and representative and urge them to sign the letter.


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