Released on Oct 15, 2020

FOR ACTION: Stop Medicare payment cuts and expand telehealth

Without Congressional intervention, GI reimbursement will be cut by an estimated 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The cuts, proposed in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, are the result of Medicare’s requirement to remain budget neutral in reimbursements to physicians.

TAKE ACTION (2 MINUTES): Urge your lawmakers to prevent cuts to specialty care by waiving budget neutrality for 2021.

ACG, AGA and ASGE are united in fighting cuts that will reduce Medicare patients’ access to specialty care, limit video visits and decrease payment for telephone evaluation and management (E/M) services. Many GI procedures are scheduled to be cut by an estimated 10 percent.

More details:  

· The GI societies urged CMS Administrator Seema Verma to waive budget-neutrality rules and support policies that increase access to Medicare telehealth/telephone services.  

· We cannot count on CMS to stop or mitigate cuts to physician payments. So we need Congress to intervene today to ensure Medicare patients continue to have access to quality specialty care. 

It’s time for the GI community to make our voices heard!

Log onto our advocacy system to contact your lawmakers today.

Thank you for your time. Please contact your GI Society with any questions:

American Gastroenterological
(301) 654-2055

 American College of Gastroenterology
(301) 263-9000

 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
(630) 570-0600

About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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