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  • 03.4.15

    AMIC Joins 23 Specialty Physician Societies in Urging Congress to Reject Medicare Payment Reductions for Imaging Services

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today joined 23 organizations representing specialty physician societies to highlight the important role that medical imaging plays in helping clinicians arrive at accurate and timely diagnoses and to urge Congress to refrain from leveling any additional cuts to Medicare payment for medical imaging services.

    “We are honored to join more than 82,000 physicians and other clinicians to underscore the impact of repeated Medicare payment cuts on physician practices, hospital radiology and other imaging departments,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “Within the past eight years, millions of patients have suffered the consequences of no fewer than 13 separate payment reductions directed at imaging services provided in physicians’ offices and hospitals. It is imperative that policymakers shift the tide to preserve access to imaging technologies that are critical for disease prevention and detection and that have turned millions of patients into survivors.”

    Congress has worked alongside medical specialty societies to develop an Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) policy which, if implemented correctly, will ensure efficient and appropriate utilization of imaging procedures and create tremendous value for the health care system. As an alternative to additional Medicare reimbursement cuts, Congress should first permit the AUC policy, part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, to be fully implemented within the Medicare system. Many of the groups who have signed the letter are currently working with CMS to ensure the most efficacious implementation of this policy.

    “As research continues to support the tremendous value of imaging, we encourage Congress to work with patients and physicians toward policies that promote the appropriate use of medical imaging, so that patients can benefit from the right scan at the right time,” said Trysla.


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