News | March 06, 2012

American College of Radiology Finds Congressional Support to Repeal Medicare Cuts

March 6, 2012 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) has amassed 202 bipartisan co-sponsors for H.R. 3269. The Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act H.R. 3269 would repeal the CMS mandated payment reduction to the professional component of Medicare reimbursement for multiple diagnostic imaging services administered by the same physician, to the same patient, at the same session.

“This multiple payment cut affects the most vulnerable of patients — those with severe trauma or with cancer and other serious illnesses which require multiple imaging procedures. Many members of Congress already understand the negative consequences of this policy and recognize that continued cuts in Medicare funding for medical imaging will limit access to life-saving imaging care overall,” said John A. Patti, M.D., chairman of the ACR board of chancellors. “The ACR calls on all members of Congress to support H.R. 3269 and work with ACR to arrive at evidence- and quality-based medical imaging policies.”

Congress must address multiple issues by year’s end, including legislation to offset a 27 percent reduction in Medicare physician reimbursement due to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. ACR continues to work closely with House leaders to move H.R. 3269 forward as a legislated mandate this year.

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