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  • 09.15.15

    AMIC Applauds CMS’ Proposals for Appropriate Use Criteria Consultation Requirements Implementation

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) consultation requirements established under the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (PAMA) for the CY2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule.

    “We are encouraged that the criteria for CMS selection of AUC development and endorsement bodies is defined as national professional medical specialty societies, clinicians and providers that have direct engagement with patients and scientific expertise regarding diagnostic tools,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “The best way to support physicians in ordering the right diagnostic imaging scan at the right time is for Medicare to ensure the most qualified clinicians, and providers that actually deliver care to patients on a day-to-day basis, are tasked with weighing in on these decisions instead of, for instance, radiology benefit managers (RBMs) and other for-profit insurers who lack healthcare delivery engagement.”

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

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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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