In July 2014, DHPA wrote to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to express support for his legislation, the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2014.” The act sought to remove a Medicare loophole that required patients to pay a co-pay if a polyp was discovered and removed during a routine diagnostic colonoscopy — a procedure […]
Protecting Patient Access to Integrated GI Care in the Independent Setting
In an age when quality of care, cost-effectiveness and transparency are more important than ever, data demonstrates that high-quality, integrated care delivered in the independent medical practice setting is worthy of protection as an alternative to care that is often more costly when furnished in the hospital setting.
Many medical services—for example, an MRI scan—are provided both in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and community settings, such as physician offices and freestanding imaging or ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Services commonly provided in both settings include laboratory tests, physical therapy, outpatient surgery, standard and advanced imaging, physician visits, and noninvasive and invasive procedures, such as […]