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Take Action Against Proposed Colonoscopy Cuts by Sept. 8

Aug. 13, 2015

Help AGA make your voice heard regarding CMS-proposed cuts to colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures.

Earlier this summer, AGA, ACG and ASGE met with CMS to argue against proposed drastic cuts – up to 13 percent on average – to the 2016 Medicare physician reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures. Now, CMS needs to hear the voices of gastroenterologists. Send comments on the proposed fee schedule rule to CMS by Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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 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.

Following our meeting with CMS, which included sharing important poll data that you contributed, the agency showed interest in taking another look at the data. AGA and the other GI societies are working to schedule a follow-up meeting in late August.

Stay tuned for further updates, as well as how you can engage your members of Congress for help. 

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