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AMIC Encouraged by Inclusion of Appropriateness Criteria in SGR Proposal
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) for their bipartisan efforts to include imaging appropriateness criteria in a joint policy proposal to reform the Medicare physician payment system and permanently eliminate the continual threat of drastic reimbursement cuts for physician services called for under the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
How many scans were you able to identify?
Find out a bit more about each scan.» Read The Article
Imaging groups respond to JAMA utilization study
The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) said the JAMA study» Read The Article
affirms there was a decline in medical imaging utilization in recent years among
both Medicare and privately insured individuals.
Dialing Back on Radiation in CT Scans to Lower Risk
Scanning-machine manufacturers have been strengthening quality-control measures to prevent patients accidentally being exposed to more radiation than they should, according to Gail Rodriguez, executive director of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, the industry’s trade group.» Read The Article
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.» Read more
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.”» Read more
PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION STUDY DOCUMENTS IMPACT OF INSURANCE COVERAGE DENIALS ON PATIENT ACCESS TO MEDICAL IMAGING
Washington, D.C. – Today the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) applauds the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) for its report that documents the impact of health coverage denials on patients seeking medical imaging exams. The internal case management data released by PAF show that insurance coverage denials to patients seeking critical imaging services have doubled over the last four years, while 90 percent of the reversed denials for imaging services were actually covered in health plan language. Moreover, 81 percent of the insurance denials for imaging procedures were due to prior authorization programs.» Read The Article
Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Applauds American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely Campaign
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Choosing Wisely campaign. ABIM spearheads a combined physician and consumer group effort to reduce unnecessary procedures and help ensure that testing is evidence-supported. The campaign includes contributions from the American College of Radiology, the American College of Cardiology and other organizations whose members rely on medical imaging.» Read The Article
Cancer rates in U.S. keep falling: report
Cancer death rates are continuing to fall, dropping by 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics released on Wednesday. Advances in cancer screening and treatment have prevented more than a million total deaths from cancer since the early 1990s, according to the report.» Read The Article
Cancer screenings: Early detection equals cure in many cases
Catch cancer early — that’s the point of a cancer screening. During an annual check-up we focus on early detection of cancer. There are things that you can do to monitor for early cancer development and tests your doctor should recommend you consider as well.» Read The Article