Practice Management: The Road Ahead

How to Be an Advocate for Your Profession and Your Practice

Walter G. Park


Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017;15(10):1489-1491. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Our profession continues to be in the midst of significant transformation, which began with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, and the Medicare Access and Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, and continues with the current attempts to repeal and replace the ACA. Passed with strong bipartisan support, MACRA introduced a new system of rules and regulations for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement, and with it an expanding lexicon of acronyms (ie, MACRA, electronic health records [EHR], value-based modifier [VBP], meaningful use [MU], Quality Payment Program [QPP], Sustainable Growth Rate [SGR] formula, Advancing Care Information [ACI], certified EHR technology [CEHRT]).[1] One way to adapt (and evolve) is to become more informed of health policy and learn how to advocate on behalf of the profession. Although there are 15 physicians currently serving in Congress (including a gastroenterologist, Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana), seeking political office is not the only way to actively participate.[2] This article briefly summarizes some of the ongoing federal legislation and issues in the current session of Congress pertaining to gastroenterology, and how one can participate in advocating for these issues.