Working Hard for You

The ACR - Working Hard for You

November 2014

Every day, the College works hard to advocate for the specialty and ensure that radiologists are ahead of the game when it comes to local and federal legislation. Here are just some of the recent victories that we’ve helped win:

The federal government, beginning January 1, 2015, will require private insurers to pay for lung cancer screening using low-dose CT for high-risk patients. This decision is due in large part to the National Lung Cancer Trial conducted by ACRIN ®.

  • The ACR, working with other medical organizations and Congress, was able to delay a 24 percent reduction in Medicare physician reimbursement as part of the sustainable growth rate legislation.
  • The Protecting Access to Medicare Act included an ACR-supported provision mandating the use of specialty society appropriateness criteria when referring Medicare patients for advanced imaging procedures. That same law included an ACR-backed provision that would require CMS to disclose data used to justify a 25 percent multiple procedure reduction to the professional component of advanced imaging procedures.

As the only organization that advocates for, promotes, and advances the field of radiology, the ACR is front and center working for you to ensure the ongoing vitality of the profession. This allows you to concentrate on what you do best, providing quality services to your patients. Renew your membership now at acr.org/renew.

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