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  • 02.22.13

    AMIC Says Choosing Wisely Recommendations Highlight Importance of Physician-Developed Appropriateness Criteria

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today responded to the list of medical procedures evaluated by Choosing Wisely, noting that the corresponding report emphasizes the importance of physician-developed appropriateness criteria.

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  • 01.14.13

    Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Commends the American Cancer Society’s Endorsement of Low-Dose CT for High-Risk Individuals

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) endorsement of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to diagnose and treat lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

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  • 01.2.13

    AMIC Says Medicare Cuts for Imaging in SGR Package Harm Patient Access to Early Diagnosis

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) said today that the Medicare cuts for advanced imaging reimbursements the Senate passed as part of the package to avoid the fiscal cliff will harm patient access to diagnostic services and drive patients to receive the same services in more expensive hospital settings. The payment changes mark another imaging-targeted provision at a time when Congress has already enacted multiple payment cuts for imaging services in recent years, even though imaging use per Medicare beneficiary has declined since 2010.

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  • 11.28.12

    New AMIC Survey Data Shows 2010 Medicare Payment Cuts Forcing Physician Practices and Imaging Providers to Reduce Patient-Centered Jobs and Forgo Technology Upgrades

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today released a nationwide survey of 131 physician practices and imaging providers finding that practices and providers are being forced to scale back on staff and technology upgrades to adjust to the reduced Medicare payment environment.

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  • 10.23.12

    Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Commends Report on Potential Impact of Downward Medical Imaging Utilization Trends

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today touted a new policy brief from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute that shows medical imaging utilization and spending has declined since 2006, while the average length of hospital stay in the United States has increased. In addition to these trends, the report calls for further research to measure the impact of imaging reductions on increased hospital admissions, which are among the largest and fastest growing drivers of health care costs.

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  • 09.20.12

    Cancer Survivors and Other Patient Advocates Call on Congress to Preserve Access to Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologies

    Today, the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) submitted a letter to Congress signed by 22 leading patient advocacy organizations urging them to protect advanced medical imaging and radiation therapy services against further reimbursement cuts and radiology benefit manager (RBM) and prior authorization proposals that would limit patient access to care. With eight cuts to medical imaging reimbursements in the past six years, the letter was unveiled during a press conference on Capitol Hill in anticipation that these threatening proposals will be introduced again this fall.

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  • 08.13.12

    AMIC Commends Efforts to Improve Access to Lung Cancer Screening for High-Risk Veterans

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the Lung Cancer Alliance’s (LCA) successful efforts urging the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to encourage computed tomography (CT) screening for veterans at high risk for lung cancer.

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  • 06.12.12

    AMIC Says JAMA Imaging Study Affirms Recent Decline in Imaging Utilization

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) said that research (Smith-Bindman et al.) published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) validates government and independent analyses showing that medical imaging utilization has fallen in recent years among both Medicare and privately-insured individuals.

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  • 06.12.12

    Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Commends House Subcommittee Hearing on Accreditation for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologists

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) –representing more than 100,000 physicians, medical providers, health technology firms and patient organizations throughout the U.S. – commended the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for holding a hearing today, “Examining the Appropriateness of Standards for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologists.”

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  • 12.16.11

    Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Calls on Congress to Reject Prior Authorization Proposals for Medical Imaging

    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) called on Congress today to reject proposals from the radiology benefits management industry to implement prior authorization for outpatient medical imaging in the Medicare program as a means of controlling costs.

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