ACR Goes to Washington
College members visit Congress to advocate for radiology's best interests.
On Wednesday, April 25, more than 400 radiologists visited approximately 300 congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
These dedicated attendees were encouraged to focus discussions with representatives, senators, and their staffs on The Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3269) in hopes of adding to the already impressive 234 House co-sponsors. Additionally, a Senate companion bill to H.R. 3269 was introduced during ACR Capitol Hill Day by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Vitter (R-La.). Both bills would stop the 25-percent reduction in the MPPR policy imposed by CMS in the case of more than one imaging service provided on the same day, to the same patient, by the same provider.
Hill attendees also discussed the CT Colonography (CTC) Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2012 (H.R. 4165/S. 2265). This bill would require Medicare to cover CTC as a colorectal cancer screening test.
In addition to discussing important issues with their representatives, members of the Texas Radiological Society presented the ACR CARE Award to Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) for his tireless efforts to protect the delivery of quality health care. Representative Olson is lead sponsor on H.R. 3269.