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  • 12.17.15

    AMIC Commends Congress for Including PALS Act in Year-End Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) commends Congress for including the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act (H.R. 3339 and S. 1926) in the Omnibus Spending bill filed yesterday and urges its final passage.

  • 09.22.15

    AMIC Commends House Members for Their Support of CMS Implementation of Appropriate Use Criteria Policy

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) commends Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tom Price (R-GA), and 26 additional co-signers for submitting a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in support of the regulatory framework outlined in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule to implement imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC) requirements within Medicare. The 29 House Members that signed the letter encompass a bipartisan group that includes a number of physicians and other clinicians with medical expertise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 02.3.15

    AMIC Says White House 2016 Budget Threatens Patient Access to Medical Imaging

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today expressed concern that President Obama’s proposed 2016 budget would harm patient access to medical imaging services by implementing a prior authorization system for advanced medical imaging and establishing “site-neutral” payments for Medicare reimbursement for all services performed in offsite hospital outpatient departments, including imaging. The current Medicare payment systems maintain two separate fee schedules for hospital outpatient services and physician office services because providing care in an integrated hospital system is different than in the physician office.

  • 10.27.14

    Physician Panel Highlights Impact of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) on Patient Outcomes and Costs

    Washington, D.C. – A panel of physicians convened by the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that impending Medicare guidelines requiring physicians to consult with appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS) tools when ordering diagnostic imaging services will improve patient outcomes and help manage health care costs.

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  • 06.25.14

    AMIC Says New JAMA Study Underscores Value of 3D Mammography

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) underscores the value of ongoing research toward improved methods of detecting and treating invasive cancer.

  • 05.30.14

    AMIC Applauds Congress for Urging Medicare to Cover LDCT for Lung

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) for spearheading a bipartisan letter signed by 45 Senate leaders, urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to complete the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for Medicare beneficiaries with a high risk of developing lung cancer.

  • 05.21.14

    AMIC Warns Against MedPAC’s Proposed Hospital Payment Cut for Diagnostic Imaging Services

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that it opposes the severe hospital outpatient payment reductions for diagnostic imaging services outlined in Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) testimony at today’s Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee hearing. AMIC said MedPAC’s proposal to reduce Medicare’s hospital outpatient department payments for imaging and other ambulatory services down to the physician office payment level will threaten to restrict patient access to critical diagnostic imaging services in the hospital setting.

  • 05.19.14

    AMIC Says Appropriate Use Criteria Will Ensure Patients Receive Safe, Necessary and Effective Imaging

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today underscored the inclusion of physician-developed appropriate use criteria (AUC) in the recently passed legislation to extend the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch for 12 months in response to a JAMA Internal Medicine article that compiled a list of “low value” medical imaging procedures.

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