Within the past year, there have been significant strides made on Capitol Hill that have been beneficial to both GIs and patients — in fact, just this past week, physicians across the nation celebrated a victory, the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR). Other milestones include a push towards transparency; the election of Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, the first GI in Senate; and the introduction of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Legislation, which has bipartisan support. On the regulatory front, physicians should be preparing for value-based care, quality payment models and meaningful use.

At DDW®, join your colleagues to discuss current policy and regulatory issues that are affecting the field, including the Affordable Care Act, the Physician Quality Reporting System and more. Improving and showing quality will also be a hot topic this year — you will not want to miss these important sessions.

Here is a sample of policy sessions for DDW 2015.

Issues in Hepatitis C: Identification, Access to Care and Cost
Monday, May 18, 4-5 p.m.

Value of Screening for Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer
Monday, May 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Making Dollars and Sense of Quality: A How-To Guide for the Physician Quality Reporting System
Monday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects
Monday, May 18, 2-3:30 p.m.

Why Should Physicians Be Involved in the Political Process? An Insider’s View
Tuesday, May 19, 8-9:30 a.m.

Improving the Quality and Delivery of Health Care
Tuesday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

AGA Institute Council Global Topic Session: Affordable Care Act (ACA): Implementation of the ACA and the Practice of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Tuesday, May 19, 2 p.m.

ASGE Clinical Symposia and Special Sessions: Optimizing Cost and Efficiency in a Value-Based World
Saturday, May 16–Tuesday, May 19

ASGE Clinical Symposia and Special Sessions: Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y in Endoscopy, Find Out What It Means to You
Saturday, May 16–Tuesday, May 19

Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration, Leading Innovation in the Age of Health-Care Transformation, Sunday
May 17, 11–11:45 a.m.
Speaker: Jeff Degraff, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) offers new and exciting programs and data that cross a variety of disciplines in gastroenterology and hepatology. Based on feedback from the societies, several topics have emerged that attendees might find of interest. A blog post relating to each theme will be posted on Mondays on the DDW Blog. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email when the next article is posted. This is post three of five in the series. Read about current GI controversies (1/5) and new treatments (2/5) also on the blog.