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A Productive Day in Washington, DC

June 5, 2014

imgAGA Institute President, John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, recently traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with regulators and lawmakers. He updated them on the tremendous impact of colorectal cancer screening on saving lives, as well AGA's work on behalf of gastroenterology.

img By John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, AGA Institute President

I recently had an interesting trip to Washington, DC, during which I updated CMS and lawmakers about our work on behalf of gastroenterology and specifically how colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening are making an enormous impact on the lives of Americans. Throughout the morning of meetings, I was reminded of how willing lawmakers and regulators are to listen to constituents and how each of us can be involved and make our voices heard on a national level.

Meeting with CMS Administrator

I had the pleasure of joining the presidents of ACG and ASGE to meet with Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of CMS. Presidents Colleen Schmitt, MD, ASGE, Harry Sarles, MD, ACG, and I (with staff help and support) presented our specialty’s collective concern about the pending decisions regarding relative value units for colonoscopy.  

Meeting with Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-LA (pictured)

Prior to our meeting with Administrator Tavenner, I also met with Rep. William Cassidy, who has been such a strong advocate and champion for gastroenterology and all physicians in the U.S. Congress. He is truly one of the few members of Congress who both understands health policy and also realizes the clinical implications of such policies. 

Read more about my meetings and how you can get involved in AGA’s advocacy activities on the AGA Washington Insider, a policy blog for GIs.

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