The ACR monitors multiple federal legislative issues and provides resources including issue summaries, congressional committees of jurisdiction and bill-tracking information.

Medicare Reimbursement - Sustainable Growth Rate

The ACR Government Relations department deals with Medicare-related legislation affecting the practice of radiology. With regard to reimbursement, ACR is deeply involved with what has become an annual event on Capitol Hill - delaying impending cuts to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) portion of the Medicare Fee Schedule formula.


Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction and H.R. 846/S. 623, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act

Application of an MPPR to the professional component of diagnostic imaging services performed on the same patient on the same day is an arbitrary and imprecise tool to control Medicare spending. Imposition of this policy will also make it difficult for radiologists to keep free-standing imaging facilities open for business, thus threatening patient access to important diagnostic imaging services.


Radiology Saves Lives

America Speaks: Poll Data

In a nationally representative poll, Americans said that radiology is absolutely essential to proper early detection, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and they do not want to see it cut.


Teleradiology

The current policy of the ACR is to require those physicians interpreting images in other states be licensed in both the state where the image was generated as well as the state where the interpretation takes place.

Mammography Quality Standards Act

Due to concerns over patient safety and the quality of mammography screening, the ACR and Congress sought to implement legislation that would regulate mammography screening at the federal level. The intent of this legislation was to establish minimum standards that would ensure that all women have access to quality mammography services, resulting to the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992.

Inappropriate Utilization of Diagnostic Medical Imaging Modalities

The dramatic proliferation in the volume of diagnostic medical imaging services performed by physicians, including non-radiologists, has inflicted a colossal burden on the U.S. health care system, especially Medicare. The leading component of this explosion is the growing trend of entrepreneurial physicians manipulating the in-office ancillary services exception to the Stark self-referral law. The ACR is deeply concerned that this exception has become a damaging loophole.