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  • 12.13.13

    AMIC Says Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece is Misguided and Fails to Highlight Value of Appropriateness Criteria

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that Scott Gottlieb’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, This ‘Doc Fix’ Would Be Bad for Your Health, offers an unjust and inaccurate depiction of physician-developed appropriateness criteria.

    “The type of government-controlled medical decision-making that Gottlieb decries actually underscores AMIC’s reasoning for supporting Congress’ proposal to place the expertise of physicians and medical specialty societies at the center of any assessment of the appropriateness of imaging utilization” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “If anything, appropriateness criteria limit the role of the government by allowing physicians to address overutilization and penalize inappropriate use of diagnostics or therapies. Policymakers should champion appropriate use criteria rather than implement draconian policies like across-the-board imaging cuts.”

    A number of recent studies have confirmed the value of appropriateness criteria to empower physicians and drive appropriate usage of medical imaging. For example, researchers highlighted simple and inexpensive ways in which incorporating SPECT appropriate use criteria in electronic medical records (EMRs) aided primary care physicians in ordering the right test for their patients.

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    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition represents physicians, medical providers, and patient organizations throughout the U.S. It also includes health technology firms that manufacture imaging equipment and supplies and that employ tens of thousands of workers. Thus, AMIC represents those who develop medical imaging technologies, those who apply it, and those who benefit from it.

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