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  • 06.22.17

    AMIC Applauds CMS for Proposing Clinician Consultation of AUC as a High-Weighted Improvement Activity Under MIPS

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for proposing that clinician consultation of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for advanced imaging services be classified as a high-weighted improvement activity under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

    “AMIC has long touted the benefits of AUC and is pleased that CMS is reaffirming their commitment to putting patients first by making this a high-weighted improvement activity,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “This proposal underscores the importance of AUC’s role in clinical decision support to ensure patients receive the appropriate imaging service at the appropriate time.”

    For the 2018 MIPS performance period, CMS proposes adding a new improvement activity that MIPS eligible clinicians could choose if they attest they are using AUC through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism for all advanced diagnostic imaging services ordered. Early adopters of AUC will be eligible to begin reporting this activity in 2018 while other clinicians will begin in future years as required under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014.

    Following enactment of PAMA, implementation of the AUC policy first began in the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule rulemaking cycle. Additional implementation efforts were completed in the CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. The evidence-based AUC will help clinicians who order and furnish advanced diagnostic imaging services make the most appropriate treatment decisions for specific clinical conditions.

    “We cannot understate the importance of CMS identifying consulting AUC as a high-weighted activity as this marks a significant step toward MIPS eligible clinicians or groups obtaining a ‘full credit’ score of 40 points under the improvement activities performance category,” said Trysla.

    AMIC’s members include more than 35,000 physicians, patient organizations, and medical imaging equipment manufacturers who have long stressed the importance of identifying policies that safeguard patient access to appropriate medical imaging services, said they look forward to continue working with policymakers to realize the goals of efficient, clinically-targeted ordering of diagnostic imaging services.

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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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