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  • 10.31.13

    AMIC Encouraged by Inclusion of Appropriateness Criteria in SGR Proposal

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) for their bipartisan efforts to include imaging appropriateness criteria in a joint policy proposal to reform the Medicare physician payment system and permanently eliminate the continual threat of drastic reimbursement cuts for physician services called for under the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.‪

    “AMIC is encouraged by the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees’ decision to incorporate an appropriateness criteria policy to ensure proper use of medical imaging, rather than calling for restrictive, across-the-board reimbursement cuts for imaging services,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “The best way to help make certain that physicians are ordering diagnostic imaging scans in clinically necessary scenarios is for Medicare to incentivize consultation with appropriate use criteria. Physician-developed appropriateness criteria will encourage physicians and patients to make treatment decisions that best suit individualized needs and circumstances.”

    AMIC has long stressed the importance of collaborating with the physician community within the field of diagnostic imaging and will continue to work with policymakers and physicians alike to implement this step forward in Medicare reimbursement. ‪‪‪‪

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