Senate & House support Colorectal Cancer Screening

Subject: Congress Supports Colorectal Cancer Screening Ben Cardin, D-MD, and Bill Cassidy, MD, R-LA, and Representatives Donald Payne Jr., D-NJ, and Leonard Lance, R-NJ, who championed these U.S. Senate and House letters to CMS. Congress Supports Colorectal Cancer Screening AGA, ASGE and ACG applaud 27 members of the U.S. Senate and 94 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for calling on CMS to consider the effect colonoscopy has had in reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer when determining whether a drastic reduction in Medicare payment for colonoscopy is justified. The three gastroenterology societies, which together represent virtually every gastroenterologist in the nation, specifically thank Senators From the Senate by more than 30 percent over the past decade. We must avoid any action that could jeopardize the significant progress we've made. Working together, we can reach HHS' goal of an 80 percent screening rate by 2018." Sen. Cassidy said, "As a gastroenterologist, I know the value of improving colorectal cancer screening rates in Medicare. We must ensure that any changes made in Medicare reimbursement don't hamper the progress made in cancer screening. Thes Sen. Cardin said, "Colonoscopies save lives and we want more Americans to opt for this highly effective method of colorectal cancer prevention. Thanks to increased screening rates, colorectal cancer incidence rates in the United States have dropped e screenings help reduce the rate of colorectal cancer, which is devastating for patients, and costly to the system." Read the Senate letter<>. From the House In the letter to their House colleagues, Reps. Payne and Lance wrote, “we are concerned that recent proposed cuts to lifesaving colonoscopy in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule could adversely impact our goal of screening more Americans and thus, preventing cancer.” CMS is proposing payment cuts for colonoscopy services ranging from 10 to 20 percent. Read the House letter. <

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