In the News
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
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 Commends GAO Call for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended the May 31 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, calling for the establishment of minimum national standards and an oversight framework for accreditation of advanced diagnostic imaging services.
Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Commends Rep. Blackburn for Efforts to Increase USPSTF Transparency
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today commended U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for her introduction of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 (H.R. 2143), which calls for significant changes to the Task Force and the process by which the group makes formal recommendations for preventive care services.
AMIC Says CBO Score Confirms Medicare Should Reject Use of Prior Authorization
The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s scoring of President Obama’s FY14 budget confirmed that the use of prior authorization schemes for imaging within the Medicare program would produce no savings and impede Medicare beneficiaries’ access to life-saving imaging services.» Read more
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