ASGE Advocacy Agenda 2015-2016
Work independently and collaboratively with others within the medical community to assure physician payment appropriately reflects the value of, and effort required for, gastrointestinal endoscopic care.
Physician Practice Restrictions:
Work to assure ASGE members’ ability to use efficient and appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic services regardless of practice ownership or setting, including imaging, pathology and anesthesia services.
Ambulatory Surgical Center-Based Patient Care:
Support efforts to increase Medicare reimbursement for endoscopic services performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), mitigate regulatory burdens and influence the development of ASC regulations.
Colorectal Cancer Prevention:
Support efforts to ensure colonoscopy access and coverage for all age-appropriate patients, eliminate disparities in screening rates, increase awareness of preventive services, and promote U.S. Preventive Services Task Force approved screening methods.
Provide physician input to promote fairness and transparency as value-based payment programs, resource use measures and quality measures are developed for endoscopic services.
State and Federal Regulations:
Strive to ease state and federal regulatory burdens affecting the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Increase federal funding for basic and applied endoscopic research.