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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.

  • 03.6.18

    AMIC Applauds Anthem for Addressing Provider Feedback in Change to Reimbursement Policy

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded Anthem for deciding not to proceed with its reimbursement policy relating to physician use of payment modifier 25 following feedback from several medical societies. In light of the decision, AMIC encouraged Anthem to revisit its additional policies that adversely impact providers. Specifically, AMIC expressed concern with Anthem’s policies related to outpatient imaging and emergency department use, which would jeopardize patient care.

  • 02.21.18

    AMIC Strongly Opposes FY 2019 Budget Provision to Expand Site Neutral Payment Policies

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) announced today that it strongly opposes President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget provision that expands “site neutral” payment policies aimed at reducing Medicare payments for medical imaging services performed in certain hospital outpatient settings.

  • 06.28.17

    AMIC and NRHA Urge CMS to Oppose the Expansion of Site Neutral Payment Policies

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) urge CMS to strongly oppose the expansion of “site neutral” payment policies aimed at reducing Medicare payments for services performed in certain hospital outpatient settings.

  • 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).

  • 05.9.17

    AMIC Admonishes MedPAC for Ignoring AUC in Reducing Low-Value Care

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today sent a letter to MedPAC on the heels of their March report and April session on low-value care to request MedPAC fully endorse the implementation of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) to reduce low-value care.

  • 01.6.17

    AMIC Supports Nomination of Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of HHS

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today sent a letter of support to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Committee on Finance to support the nomination of Dr. Tom Price as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • 06.16.16

    AMIC Applauds USPSTF Confirmation of CT Colonography as an Effective Colorectal Cancer Screening Option

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for confirming that computed tomography (CT) colonography is an effective colorectal cancer screening option. In the final recommendation issued yesterday, USPSTF assigned an “A” grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in those ages 50-75 years and provided a list of recognized screening exams, which included CT colonography.

  • 02.19.16

    AMIC Comment Letter on Site Neutrality

    Dear Chairman Upton and Chairman Pitts:

    On behalf of its physician, patient advocacy group, and medical imaging equipment manufacturing members, the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) appreciates this opportunity to provide input on the so-called “site neutrality” policies aimed at reducing Medicare payments for services performed in certain hospital outpatient settings, including critical diagnostic services. AMIC members firmly believe that all hospital outpatient facilities, i.e. both on-campus and off-campus sites, should be reimbursed based on the costs of providing care, as audited and verified via hospital cost reports. The payment policies for off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that were enacted under section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 represent a significant deviation from this longstanding principle, and efforts to broaden the scope of this hospital payment reduction could have severe consequences for the long-term viability of access to hospital outpatient diagnostic care.

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  • 02.11.16

    AMIC Says Prior Authorization Provision in Administration Budget Threatens Physician Patient Relationship to Medical Imaging

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today expressed concern that if the Medicare Fee-for-Service prior authorization provisions in President Obama’s proposed 2017 budget were applied to medical imaging it would inappropriately interfere with physician decision making and harm patient access to medical imaging technologies.

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