The 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule was recently released and includes a reduction in reimbursement rates for colonoscopies and other lower gastrointestinal procedures.
The potential cut could take 19% of the reimbursement fees and make a serious dent in colon cancer screening rates. This would be problematic, as colon cancer screening significantly reduces colon cancer incidence rates.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the American Gastrointestinal Association are working hard to resist these cuts, and have plans to meet with the leaders of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services later this month.
The proposed rules will be thoroughly reviewed before rates will be finalized in November. The final action will take effect January 1, 2016.
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