In the News
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.
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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.
Legislation & Regulatory Updates
AMIC Urges MedPAC to Consider Correlation between Inadequate Medicare Reimbursement for Medical Imaging and Adverse Patient Outcomes
Washington, D.C. – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) must consider the potential downstream impact on beneficiaries’ access and health outcomes when advising Congress about physician payments, the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) said today.» Read more
AMIC Applauds Senators For Defending Patient Access to Medical Imaging
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI), who took a stand to protect patient access to medical imaging in a letter to President Obama.» Read more
MEDPAC RECOMMENDATIONS THREATEN PATIENT ACCESS TO THE RIGHT SCAN AT THE RIGHT TIME
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that despite acknowledging that advanced imaging services growth is flat, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) recommendations to reduce reimbursements for CT, MRI and PET services and impose prior authorization requirements will reduce patients’ access to life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic services. AMIC called on Congress to reject the recommendations.» Read more
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.
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.» Read more
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.
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