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  • 03.27.18

    AMIC Responds to Misrepresentation of U.S. Medical Imaging Services in JAMA Study

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association does not accurately portray the state of medical imaging in the United States, as it focuses narrowly on the commercial market.

    “The JAMA report does not provide a full picture of medical imaging in the United States or address the value these life-saving medical imaging services, like CT and MRI, play in the diagnosis of disease when it is at its earliest, most treatable stages,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “AMIC strongly supports guidelines that require physicians to consult with appropriate use criteria (AUC) exemplified by our support of federal legislation in 2014 that mandated AUC consultation in the Medicare program. We expect that full implementation of the Protect Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) AUC program in 2020 will ensure that Medicare patients will receive the right imaging study for the proper diagnosis when necessary.”

    AMIC’s members include 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.

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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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