2015-07-16 17:33:01 UTC

AGA Lobbies Capitol Hill as Part of Alliance of Specialty Medicine Fly-In

July 16, 2015

AGA members urged legislators to continue to oversee the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

AGA members participated in the Alliance of Specialty Medicine’s annual legislative conference July 13 to 15, during which they met with legislators on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of specialty physicians and patients.They also heard from several members of Congress and agency officials.

During the conference, Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, Michael Kochman, MD, AGAF, Peter Margolis, MD, AGAF, and Sarah Streett, MD,  thanked Congress for passing legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate. However, they urged legislators to continue to oversee the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) to ensure that the quality reporting programs are meaningful to specialty physicians and actually improve patient outcomes. In particular, changes need to be made to the Stage 3 meaningful use program to include measures that are appropriate for specialty physicians and their patients, and not implement a one-size fits all approach.

During their meeting with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, a hepatologist and member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, AGA leaders discussed alternative payment models that AGA is working on for common GI conditions, as well as how the AGA Center for GI Technology and Innovation has designed observation research registries to help generate true comparative effectiveness research for new GI devices.

Sen. Cassidy said he is supportive of the role that observation research registries can play in determining the effectiveness of new treatments and technologies, as well as alternative payment models and ensuring that small practices are able to access and implement these types of models.

AGA and the alliance continue to advocate for sound health-care policy that ensures patient access to specialty care.

See the Storify below for highlights of the day’s presentations:

More on Medicare incentive/penalty programs

2017 MIPS Reporting Deadlines Approach in March

Feb. 16, 2018

CMS released a list of the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician.

Attention Practices: Impacted by Major Weather Events in 2017?

Feb. 2, 2018

Medicare extends exceptions to additional MIPS-eligible clinicians affected by hurricanes and wildfires.

Quality Payment Program Year Two Now Underway

Jan. 16, 2018

Stay informed on what to expect and on how this year impacts your practice.