Dear UOAA Advocates,
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has been working with the administration for several years to see if CMS would consider waiving their cost-sharing/coinsurance requirement that accompanies colonoscopies when a polyp is found (which is addressed by the bill "Removing Colorectal Cancer Screening Barriers” (S668/HR1570) that UOAA supports and many of you have taken action on). However, CMS recently released the CY 2020 proposed regulation on the Medicare physician fee schedule and opted not to waive the requirement. Instead, CMS proposed that physicians address the issue by informing their patients in advance of a colonoscopy that there might be an additional cost if a polyp is found and then document these notifications in the medical record. Many professional societies and UOAA feel this would further expand physicians’ administrative burden and make it less likely for their patients to opt into the colonoscopy procedure.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among
men and women combined in the United States. We know that screening for
colorectal cancer can save lives.
Tell the Administration to close the Medicare loophole and decrease barriers to screening.
UOAA has drafted comments for you to submit to the Administration. Comments to Regulations.Gov are due by September 27.
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