FGS consistently works as an advocate for the gastroenterologic professionals before the Florida Legislature, state agencies, licensing boards, and at the federal level. Throughout the years, the FGS has lead the charge to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology in Florida at the legislative level. We work diligently to take a stand for key issues facing GIs, including ensuring fair reimbursement for GI procedures, reforming the Medicare payment system, reducing regulatory burden, increasing NIH funding and eliminating colonoscopy cost sharing.
FGS provides regular updates on top bills impacting GI professionals so members can stay informed and know if any action is needed. Our legal counsel is Chris Nuland, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience representing medical professionals and he understands the specific dynamic involved with the changing culture of medical practice. Mr. Nuland represents more than eight physician organizations, including the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, Florida Chapters of the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. James DeGerome represents the FGS with the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) in an effort to represent the viewpoints of Gastroenterologists in Washington, D.C. For over thirty years, the DDNC has provided national leadership on behalf of patient organizations, professional societies, and industry interested in the full spectrum of digestive disorders.on key issues facing gastroenterologists in the state of Florida. They provide regular updates to enable members to stay informed and up to date on current legislation that is being discussed.
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