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Ensure GI Voices are Heard

Sept. 2, 2015

Sept. 8 is the last day to contact CMS regarding proposed cuts to colonoscopy procedures

Approximately 500 gastroenterologists have shared their views with CMS about how proposed cuts to colonoscopy under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2016 will impact the care of their patients and practices. But CMS still needs to hear from AGA members across the country. 

Please reach out to CMS by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to provide your comments. Let CMS know how these cuts will affect Medicare patients and your practice by:

•    Visiting the official federal government portal for submitting public comments on the proposed rule.
•    Copying and pasting the template letter (.docx) into the box labeled “Comment Now!”
•    If interested, supplement the letter with any of your personal experiences that you want considered.
•    Enter your individual contact information and press the blue “continue” button at the bottom of the page.
•    Review and submit.

Contact Your Representative About CRC Screening

While we have the support of some important members of Congress, Representatives Donald Payne Jr., D-NJ, and Leonard Lance, R-NJ, we need to make sure all legislators are aware of this important issue. Reps. Payne and Lance have asked their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to join them in expressing concern over two key issues:

  • Recently proposed Medicare payment cuts to colonoscopy. 
  • Impact of the cuts on access to CRC screening, especially in light of recent gains made in access to this life saving procedure.

The more members of Congress who weigh in with CMS, the better chances we have of influencing CMS’ final rule. We need your help. Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to sign this letter

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