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 Budget Threatens Patient Access to Medical Imaging
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today expressed concern that President Obama’s 2015 budget would harm patient access to advanced medical imaging technologies by implementing prior authorization requirements through radiology benefit managers (RBMs).
AMIC Says Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece is Misguided and Fails to Highlight Value of Appropriateness Criteria
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that Scott Gottlieb’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, This ‘Doc Fix’ Would Be Bad for Your Health, offers an unjust and inaccurate depiction of physician-developed appropriateness criteria.
AMIC Cautions Inclusion of Separate Cost Centers in Delayed HOPPS Rule
Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today said that it supports delay of the proposed cost center policy, which was included in the calendar year (CY) 2014 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (HOPPS) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This delay is necessary to avoid inaccurate Medicare payments for computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) services, which would jeopardize the financial ability of hospitals and clinicians to continue to readily provide life-saving diagnostics to Medicare beneficiaries.
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