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In the December 8, 2017 Issue

2018 MPFS Payment Impacts Vary Widely by Modality
ACR Data Science Institute Showcased at RSNA
Anthem Updates Site-of-Service Imaging Policy
CMS Updates Mammography Guidelines for 2018
Congressional Actions Avoid Government Shutdown
FDA Draft Guidance Clarifies CDS Software Oversight
FDA Guidance Addresses 3D Printing of Medical Devices
House Ways Means Health Subcommittee to Lose More Members

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Recent Advocacy and Economics News

2018 MPFS Payment Impacts Vary Widely by Modality

The ACR has prepared impact tables showing the effect of payment rates in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology.
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ACR Data Science Institute Showcased at RSNA

The highlight was a plenary session given by DSI Chief Science Officer Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, on Harnessing AI for use in medical imaging.
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Anthem Updates Site-of-Service Imaging Policy

In response to significant public opposition, Anthem recently updated its controversial site-of-service imaging steerage policy to expand the list of situations when advanced radiologic imaging is considered “medically necessary” in a hospital outpatient department setting.
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CMS Updates Mammography Guidelines for 2018

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Congressional Actions Avoid Government Shutdown

The Senate and House of Representatives prevented a government shutdown with passage of a continuing resolution on Dec. 7 that will provide funding through Dec. 22.
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FDA Draft Guidance Clarifies CDS Software Oversight

As part of a series of digital heath-focused policy releases, the FDA published a draft guidance on Dec. 7 to clarify the scope of the agency’s regulatory authority over clinical and patient decision support software.
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FDA Guidance Addresses 3D Printing of Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued written guidance for industry and agency staff Dec. 5 covering “Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured (AM) Medical Devices,” a broad category of emerging manufacturing concepts known as 3D printing.
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House Ways Means Health Subcommittee to Lose More Members

The American College of Radiology’s government relations staff has strong relationships with all potential federal elected officials who will likely run to serve as chair or ranking member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.
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ACR Releases Analysis of CY 2018 MPFS Final Rule

ACR has prepared a detailed analysis of final rule changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2018.
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Breast Density Bill Would Set Federal Standard

On October 25, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced in the Senate and House, respectively, legislation that would require mammogram reports and patient summaries to include information about breast density.
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Conference Debates Model Bill for Balance Billing

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators, an association of legislators involved in state health legislation, is debating an updated model balance billing disclosure act.
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ACR Prepares for 2018 State Legislative Season

While state legislative activities in 2017 are winding down, the ACR is gearing up its planning efforts for 2018.
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ACR Reassured About CDS Delay In MPFS Final Rule

After conducting a detailed review of the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, the ACR remains supportive of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to delay starting the Medicare’s Congressionally mandated clinical decision support program until January 1, 2020.
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CMS Accepts Appeal for Higher MUE Values

The ACR and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prevailed in their joint appeal to CMS for higher Medically Unlikely Edit (MUE) values for two fetal interventional procedures involving ultrasound guidance.
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ACR DSI Officer Delivers Keynote Address at GPU Tech Conference

ACR Data Science Institute™ Chief Science Officer Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, recently told a packed house that there must be strong dialogue between radiologists and data scientists developing algorithms for medical imaging and radiation oncology artificial intelligence applications.
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House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Reviews APM

The House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony exploring how enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act encourages physicians to move away from traditional fee-for-service and into risk-based alternative payment models.
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MS Offers New Quality Payment Program Year 2 Resources

With Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program approaching, CMS has moved its library ofresources to CMS.gov. This will make it easier for clinicians to search and find information on the QPP.
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RBMA Opposes Anthem Outpatient Imaging Policy

In a Nov. 1 letter, the Radiology Business Management Association informed Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield it opposes the insurer’s controversial outpatient imaging policy.
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ACR Officials to Address 2018 CRCPD Annual Meeting

The ACR has kicked off its survey cycle for the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) meeting Jan. 10–13 in San Diego.
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House-Passed CHIP Bill Faces Challenges in Senate

By a vote of 242 to 174, the House of Representatives passed legislation on Nov. 3 to provide additional funding for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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