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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Accurate Valuation of GI Services Cannot Happen Without You


The GI community is facing a comprehensive review of the valuation of physician work and practice expense for more than 100 endoscopy procedures in response to a request from CMS. AGA and ASGE are asking physicians to complete surveys of these endoscopic procedures.

Your participation in the survey process is essential to obtaining equitable reimbursement for endoscopic procedures.

We need hundreds of gastroenterologists to complete these surveys of physician work in order to provide realistic recommendations to the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC). If we do not obtain a minimum number of responses for each survey, we are at risk that CMS will make the final decisions regarding reimbursement without consideration of our input.

If you are selected for a survey, please participate. The GI community needs your help to obtain the information necessary to defend physician work recommendations to the RUC and CMS. The GI societies need to expand the number of physicians in active practice — community and academic, private and hospital-based — who can complete the RUC surveys. Whether you perform routine esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy or more complex procedures such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound or stents, your help is needed. To volunteer, email surveys@asge.org with your name and contact information.

The AGA and ASGE have developed educational materials with information that makes participating in the survey easier. Educational materials specific to the current survey as well as the endoscopy survey timeline are posted on the RUC process page.

About the RUC surveys
The surveys are electronic and can be completed in a reasonable amount of time — no more than one to two hours. Only a physician can complete the surveys; they cannot be completed by your office manager, nurse, fellows, nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

When new codes are established or existing codes are revised, a survey of physicians providing that service is conducted by the relevant medical specialty society. The purpose of the survey is to measure physician work involved in performing the procedure to determine an accurate relative value recommendation for the service, and present recommendations to the RUC. Learn more about the basics of the RUC survey process.