Advocacy In Action eNews

Weekly updates on economic, regulatory and legislative activities affecting radiology

In the October 19, 2019 Issue

Medicare AUC Mandate - Countdown to Launch Webinar Available on Demand
Dr. David Qian Wins AI Resident Mammography Challenge
States Adopt Scope of Practice Legislation, Address Out-of-Network Billing
Thousands of Radiologists Urge Congress to Pressure CMS on E/M Proposal

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In the October 12, 2019 Issue

ACR Presents Five Codes at the October 2019 RUC Meeting
President's Medicare Executive Order Reduces Regulatory Burdens
HHS Proposes Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Rules Changes
MedPAC Sees PCP Numbers Fall as Prevalence of Hospitalists Grows
Radiologists’ Call to Action Asks Congress to Weigh in on E/M Proposal
RADPAC Announces New Board Members
State Legislatures Discuss Bills Addressing Hot Button Imaging Issues

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In the October 5 2019 Issue

ACR Recommends Edits to NRC Patient Release Draft Guidance
ACR Co-Sponsors Urography Code Revision at CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
ACR Letter Questions CT-MRI Cost Policies in CY 2020 HOPPS Proposed Rule
Out-Of-Network Legislation Advances in Massachusetts Legislature
RADPAC’s RADTOBERFEST is Back

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In the September 28, 2019 Issue

ACR Submits Comments on 2020 MPFS Proposed Rule
Act Now to Continue Receiving Your Daily News
Alexander Ding, MD, Named to Health Professions Education Board
FDA, M-CERSI Seek Radiology Participation in Sulfan Blue Survey
IMI Finds Most MCOs Use Financial Incentives to Recruit Providers
Opportunity for Targeted Review of Your MIPS Score Ends September 30
TMIST Trial Gains Steam – Opportunities Remain

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In the September 21, 2019 Issue

ACR Urges Start Date Delay for CMS Radiation Oncology Model
California Scope of Practice Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature
FDA Releases Guidance Documents for Industry on 510(k) Programs
PTAC Recommends Rural Cerebral Emergencies Payment Model to CMS

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In the September 14, 2019 Issue

New Presentation Helps You Understand and Explain CDS to Radiology Professionals
ACR Looks Forward to 2020 State Legislative Challenges
MedPAC Discusses Unsustainable Financial Pressures on Medicare
NRC Advisory Committee Discusses Upcoming Plan for AU T&E Options
Providers to Congress: Protect Patients from Surprise Bills Without Compromising Access to Care

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In the September 7, 2019 Issue

Expanded PA Scope of Practice Rules Advance in California Legislature
New Strategies Move TMIST Clinical Trial Closer to Accrual Goals
UnitedHealthcare to Expand Site-of-Service Preauthorization to Most States

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In the August 31, 2019 Issue

Register Now for the 2019 ACR Quality and Safety Conference in Denver
ACR Lung Cancer Screening Webinars Now Available on Demand
ACR Takes Lead on Development of Model Policy for Prostate MRI
California Bill Would Redefine Supervision for Physician Assistants
CMS Posts Educational Materials for Code Sets
R-SCAN Helps Improve Imaging Utilization at Delaware Emergency Departments

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In the August 24, 2019 Issue

2019 Imaging Informatics Summit to Set Vision for AI Progress
ACR Prepares 2020 MPFS Proposed Rule Impact Tables
Catch the Replay: Advocacy 101 Webinar from RADPAC/RAN
CMS HOP Panel Discusses Proposed Rule Issues
New Webinars: How Is Health Policy Research Securing Radiology’s Future?

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In the August 17, 2019 Issue

ACR Responds to CMS Request for Information to Put Patients Over Paperwork
CMS Issues ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to NCDs
"Public Option" Could Put Rural Hospitals at Risk
Ahead of the Curve: Radiology as Catalyst for System-Wide Clinical Decision Support
R-SCAN Results Showcase Radiologists’ Success in Improving Value-based Care at CMS-sponsored Event
States Consider Scope and Out-of-Network Legislation

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In the August 10, 2019 Issue

ACR Participates on AMA Panel on Augmented Intelligence Developments
ACR Prepares Detailed Analysis of 2020 HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of the 2020 MPFS Proposed Rule
FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Safety in the MR Environment
New York Expands Mammography Insurance Mandate to Younger Women
Your Last Chance to Save $200 on Q&S Conference Registration

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In the August 3, 2019 Issue

CMS Announces New 'Data at the Point of Care' Pilot Program
CMS Releases Appropriate Use Criteria Claims Processing Instructions
NRC Seeks Comments for Proposed Revision of Patient Release Guidance
RADPAC/RAN Webinar - Advocacy 101: How and Why to Get Involved
ACR’s Pisano Lays Out Rationale for Joining TMIST Trial at AHRA Meeting

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In the July 27, 2019 Issue

ACR Summarizes Anticipated CPT Code Changes for 2020
Join the Lung Cancer Screening Boot Camp Webinar Series and Earn CME
McGinty Discusses Old Power, New Power and Their Relevance for Radiology
Ohio Governor Vetoes Out-Of-Network Provisions
ONC Requests Comments on Interoperability Standards Advisory
Surprise Billing Debate to Continue During August Recess

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In the July 20, 2019 Issue

CMS Proposes New Rule to Monitor Medicaid Rates and Provider Access
House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Surprise Billing Legislation with Limited IDR
NRC Describes Acceptable T&E Documentation Preceding Form 313A Update

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In the July 13, 2019 Issue

Abstract Submission for Q&S Conference Closes July 15
CMS/CMMI Releases Radiation Oncology Model for Comment
Popular Lung Cancer Screening Boot Camp Webinar Series Now Offers CME
New Hampshire Legislature Passes Breast Tomosynthesis Bill
Register Now for Upcoming AHA AUC/CDS Webinar
R-SCAN Projects Chosen to Illustrate Prowess of TCPi Power Packs
Surprise Billing Legislation Advances Through House E&C Subcommittee

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In the July 6 2019 Issue

ACR Responds to NRC on Subpart E AU T&E
Educate Your Member of Congress by Hosting a Facility Visit
Mammography Challenge Enables Residents Without Coding Skills to Create AI
New Podcast Explains How TMIST Participation Helps Your Practice and Patients
States Implement Cancer Screening Provisions
Strong Show of Support in Congress for H.R. 3502

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In the June 29, 2019 Issue

ACR Assists Effort to Develop LCD for Fractional Flow Reserve CT
ACR Comments on Proposed Changes to MQSA Regulations
ACR Disagrees with OIG on Medicare Payment Policy for 3D-CRT Planning
AHA Webinar to Feature MD Anderson’s Approach to CDS Integration
Bipartisan Sponsors Introduce PALS Screening Access Act in Senate
CMS to Audit 2017 and 2018 MIPS Data
House Passes FY2020 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill
President Trump Issues Executive Order on Health Care Transparency
States Push Practice Scope and Out-of-Network Billing Legislation
Surprise Billing Solutions Take Shape in Congress
Tell Your Congressman to Cosponsor the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act

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In the June 22, 2019 Issue

ACR Supports Legislation to Improve Physician Payment in Rural Areas
Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Committee Announces Webinar Series
MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress
R-SCAN® Releases Patient Engagement Toolkit with Main Line Health
Senate HELP Committee Assesses Bill to Lower Health Care Costs
States Finalize Imaging and Out-of-Network Billing Legislation

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In the June 15, 2019 Issue

“Optimizing the Physician Practice of the Future” at AMA
Clinical Decision Support: Avoid PAMA Drama
The Medicare AUC Mandate Looms: Get Ready with ACR Resources
Medical Students Get Hands-On Radiology Experience at AMA Annual Meeting
States Advance Imaging and Out-of-Network Billing Legislation
Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Debates Surprise Billing Solutions
What Hospitals and Health Systems Can Learn About Imaging AI

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In the June 8, 2019 Issue

ACR Comments on Interoperability Proposed Rules from CMS and ONC
ACR Endorses AAPM Position on Patient Gonadal and Fetal Shielding
ACR Submits Advice to FDA on AI Discussion Paper
ACR to Launch Survey for October 2019 RUC Meeting
ACR Updates “AUC Toolkit” to Educate Advanced Practice Providers
Capitol Hill Day Generates Support for ACR-Backed Legislation
NIH Women's Health Seminar to Focus on TMIST Study
Part Two of ACR Economics Forum Debates Issues at the Center of Health Care Policy
States Push Forward with High-Priority Imaging Legislation

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In the June 1, 2019 Issue

ACR 2019 Attendees Get Sneak Peek at ACR AI-LAB™
Assessing Federal Legislative Proposals to Address Surprise Medical Bills
Gala Celebrates RADPAC’s 20th Anniversary Ahead of Successful Hill Day
ACR Payer Relations Committee and Network Convenes at Annual Meeting
Proposed LCDs on PVA for Osteoporotic VCF Released for Public Comment
Radiology Advocacy Network Selects Best Hill Day Photos
States Finalize Imaging, Surprise Billing and Scope Legislation
USP to Publish New Radiopharmaceuticals Chapter

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In the May 25, 2019 Issue

ACR Economics Forum Delves into Radiologist Payment Policies

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In the May 18, 2019 Issue

ACR Presents Three Code Proposals at AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
ACR Seeks Abstracts for the 2019 Quality & Safety Conference
Filing Deadline Nears for Moorefield Fellowship
Imaging Bills Move Forward As Legislatures Prepare to Adjourn
ACR’s Mahesh Addresses Pediatric CT Dose Issues at CRCPD Meeting
Physician Leaders Address Surprise Billing at Capitol Hill Briefing

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In the May 11, 2019 Issue

ACR and Pathology Associations Discuss Possible AI Collaborations
ACR Supports ASBrS Call to Start Mammograms at Age 40
CMS Spells Out Plan to Remove Medicare’s Barriers to Innovation
CMS Releases Guidance for Understanding Revised LCD Procedures
Senate Finance Committee Assesses Status of MACRA Implementation
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening and Breast Density Bills
Use ACR Toolkit To Explain AUC Mandate to Referring Providers

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In the May 4, 2019 Issue

ACR Presents Four Code Families at the April 2019 RUC Meeting
HHS Announces New Medicare Payment Models for Primary Care
House Hearing Reveals Political Divide on Medicare for All
Legislative Priorities Set for ACR Capitol Hill Advocacy Day
NRC Requests More Feedback on AU Training and Experience
Spending Bill Would Extend Delay on USPSTF Mammography Guidelines
States Address Scope of Practice and Out-Of-Network Health Care

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In the April 27, 2019 Issue

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Quantitative Imaging
May 2019 ACR Bulletin Guides Radiologists Along a Road to Wellness
ONC Releases Second Draft of Trusted Exchange Framework
Join Us for the 2019 QCDR Kickoff Webinar
States Debate Imaging Coverages, Restrictions and Billing Solutions

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In the April 20, 2019 Issue

Imaging-Specific Bills Move Through State Legislatures
State Legislation Formulates Solutions for Out-of-Network Payments
Survey Measures Burnout Among Neurointerventionalists

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In the April 13, 2019 Issue

ACR and UHC Discuss Hospital Outpatient Site of Service Policies
ACR Grand Rounds Lecture Showcases Patient-Centered Care
FDA Requests Feedback on AI/ML-Based Software Oversight
MedPAC Recommends Administrative Changes to Medicare Advantage
NRC Warns Medical Licensees About Rb-82 Generator Incidents
Sanders Introduces Senate Bill Proposing “Medicare for All”
States Address Imaging-Focused Legislation
TMIST Payment for Uninsured Women Draws Interest at SBI Meeting

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In the April 6, 2019 Issue

CMS Updates E/M Codes Involving Superficial Radiation Treatment
House Panel Analyzes Potential Solutions for Surprise Medical Bills
Important Deadline for RADPAC Gala
It’s Time Again to Review Your Open Payment Data
MACPAC Report: Funding Cuts Could Affect Safety Net Hospitals
Nine States Consider Out-of-Network Billing Solutions
States Debate Expanded Imaging Access

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In the March 30, 2019 Issue

ACR Continues to Welcome Moorefield Fellowship Applications
Destounis Spurs Discussion on Breast Implant MRI at FDA Meeting
FDA Proposes Substantial Changes for MQSA Regulations
Show Me The Money: ACR RAN Radvocacy Journal Club April 11
States Legislatures Address Assortment of Imaging Issues

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In the March 23, 2019 Issue

ACR Supports Bill Halting Loan Interest Accrual During Residency
FDA Prepares for New Acting Chief, Begins CDRH Reorganization
Find Out How to Maximize TMIST Trial Participation at 2019 SBI Meeting
MedPAC Recommends Alternative to Hospital Quality Payment Programs
Proposed Budget Would Cut Funding for Graduate Medical Education
States Propose Expanding Coverage for Breast Cancer Screening

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In the March 16, 2019 Issue

ACR and Medicare Discuss Possible APC Placement of CPT Codes
ACR Recommends Changes to FDA Software Pre-Cert 1.0 Pilot Program
ACR’s Thorwarth and NIBIB’s Tromberg Discuss Mutual Interests
President's Budget Seeks Wide-Ranging Cuts to Healthcare Agencies
State Legislators Address High Priority Imaging Issues

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In the March 9, 2019 Issue

2018 MIPS Submission Deadline Approaches - Submit Your Data Now
ACR Touts AUC as Cost-Saver to Senate HELP Committee
APM Webinar Now Available
NRC ACMUI Approves Report Rejecting Limited Scope AU Concept
Private Insurers Implement Egregious Payment Policies
RADPAC Annual March Chapter Challenge Begins with a New Twist
Texas Lawmakers Focus on Out-of-Network Billing
Video: ECR Annual Meeting Reveals Consensus on Radiology and AI

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In the March 2, 2019 Issue

ACR Clarifies “Incident to” Billing Rule When RAs Perform Supervised Office-Based Procedures
Call for Comments on the Ethics of AI in Radiology
Case Studies Bring ACR’s Imaging 3.0 Initiative to Life
CDS Webinar Q+A, Recording and Slides Now Available On Demand
FREE Webinar: It's Time to Show Clinical Results
States Introduce Bills on AUC and Expanded Cancer Screening

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In the February 23, 2019 Issue

2018 MIPS Data Submission Deadline Coming Soon
ACR Kicks Off April 2019 RUC Survey Cycle
ACR/RBMA Webinar on Implementing CDS in Your Practice Now Available On Demand
ACR Update on Federal Breast Density Notification Requirements
Act Now to Avoid Massive Ultrasound Reimbursement Cuts
More States Gear Up to Address Out-of-Network Billing
Young Investigators Receive Travel Awards to NRG Oncology Meeting

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In the February 16, 2019 Issue

ACR Invites Applications for the Moorefield Fellowship
ACR Proposes Lung Biopsy Code to CPT Editorial Panel
ACR Supports AMA Joint Principles on Out-Of-Network Billing
ACR Webinar to Inform Radiologists About Alternative Payment Models
CMS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on Interoperability
States Consider Expanding Breast Cancer Screening Coverage

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In the February 9, 2019 Issue

ACR Touts CT Colonography in Comments for Draft USPSTF Research Plan
CMS Adds CPT Code to Bone Mineral Density Study NCD
FREE ACR/RBMA Webinar: Implementing Clinical Decision Support in Your Practice
Radiology Advocacy Network Publishes 4th Quarter Newsletter
States Consider Expanding Breast Tomosynthesis Coverage

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In the February 2, 2019 Issue

ACR Features R-SCAN at CMS Quality Conference
ACR Invites Members to Take APM Participation Survey
CMS Issues Guidance on DOS for Radiology Services
CMS Releases Appropriate Use Criteria Fact Sheet for Referring Providers
Deadline for QCDR Reporting Approaching
More States Consider Mandatory Breast Density Notification
White House Signals Growing Interest in Surprise Insurance Gaps

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In the January 26, 2019 Issue

ACR Presents 16 Code Families at January RUC Meeting
ACR Government Relations Advocates for Positive Political Change
Dreyer Explains What Radiologists Need to Know About AI
States Consider Expanding PA Scope of Practice

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In the January 19, 2019 Issue

ACR/RBMA Webinar to Prepare You for Medicare AUC Mandate
Congress Begins Finalizing Committee Rosters
Legislatures Prepare to Address Balance Billing Issue
McGinty Lays Out Her Priorities at ACR-RBMA Forum
Medicare Implements New Local Coverage Determination Rules
QPP Year 3 Webinar for Radiologists Now Available

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In the January 12, 2019 Issue

ACR's Moran Rates Prospects for 116th Congress
Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., Sworn In as New NIBIB Chief
Explore Changes to Payment Policy and Earn CME
Get the Latest ACR Quality and Safety News
Pisano to Present on TMIST at ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
UHC Delays Site-of-Care Preauthorization Policy

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In the December 22, 2018 Issue

ACR Webinar to Prepare Radiologists for QPP Year 3
Intersociety Q&A Clarifies New RRA/RPA Supervision Policy
Pisano Presents Benefits of TMIST Participation at ACR RBMA Practice Leaders Forum
Pre-Filed State Bills Reflect Imaging Advocacy Themes
View Free Medicare AUC Mandate Webinar On Demand

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In the December 15, 2018 Issue

CMS Updates ICD-10 Code Lists to Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty and Mammography NCDs
PQRS Data Review Deadlines Loom on Dec. 31
PTAC Recommends Oncology Alternative Payment Model
Revised RRA/RPA Supervision Levels Apply to Hospital Outpatient Settings

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In the December 8, 2018 Issue

Navigating the Ins and Outs of MIPS
HHS Highlights Interoperability at ONC Annual Meeting
Landmark Breast DBT Trial Seeks More Study Sites
NRC Hears ACR Objections to Limited Authorized User Idea
RAN Tweet Chat at RSNA18 Focuses on Price Transparency

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In the December 1, 2018 Issue

ACR Data Science Institute Advocates Effective AI Applications
ACR Impact Tables Reveal Effects of MPFS Final Rule
Democrats Take Steps to Determine House Leadership
Practice Leaders at RSNA Hear How to Take Part in Landmark TMIST Trial
States Gear Up for 2019 Legislative Sessions

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In the November 17, 2018 Issue

ACR Sees Positive Trends in CY 2019 MPFS Final Rule
CMS Revisits Mandatory Payment Models to Drive Value-Based Transformation
ACR Summarizes Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule
CMS Releases 2017 QPP Performance Results
CMS Updates ICD-10 and Makes Other Coding Revisions to NCDs
Congressional Leadership Elections Yield Few Surprises
Radiologists Spearhead National Lung Cancer Roundtable Efforts
Register for PAMA AUC Deadline Is Firm Prepare Now for 2020 Webinar

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In the November 10, 2018 Issue

ACR Offers Detailed Summary of 2019 QPP Final Rule
ACR Quality and Safety Conference Enjoys Success
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of CY 2019 HOPPS Final Rule
MPFS Final Rule Confirms AUC/CDS Program Start in 2020
NRC Seeks Input on Weakening Radionuclide Therapy T and E Requirements
Radiology to See Major Shifts in Congressional Power
RADPAC RADTOBERFEST Raises Record Contributions
Register for ACR Understanding QCDR Feedback Reports Webinar

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In the November 3, 2018 Issue

CMS Changes MIPS and APMs in QPP Final Rule
CMS Increases Conversion Factor in HOPPS Final Rule
College Submits Feedback for National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan
MPFS Final Rule Confirms PAMA-AUC Mandate Rollout
New ACR-Sponsored CPT Codes Approved by the AMA
RADPAC Among Top Health Care Contributors in Midterm Voting Cycle
TMIST Trial Meeting at RSNA: How Study Participation Can Help Your Practice and Patients

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In the October 27, 2018 Issue

ACR Bulletin Special Section Sets Stage for AUC/CDS
ACR Members to Speak at 2019 CRCPD Annual Meeting
Massachusetts BCBS Plans Tiered Cost Sharing for Imaging
New Image Wisely Website Now Mobile Optimized
Radiologists Meet with CMS to Address Concerns About Proposed Procedural Valuations

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In the October 20, 2018 Issue

ACR Experts to Headline Lung Cancer Screening Conference
ACR Launches RUC CPT Code Survey Cycle
Act Now to Attend ACR Quality and Safety Conference
Article Emphasizes Essential Roles of Medical Physicists
CMS Announces New Value-Based Bundled Payment Model
CMS Releases Guidance on QPP Year 2 Participation
NIH Requests Input on New Data Sharing Policy

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In the October 13, 2018 Issue

ACR Comments on Senate Surprise Billing Draft Legislation
ACR Members Engage in MIPS Cost Measure Field Testing
ACR Presents 24 CPT Codes at October RUC Meeting
CMS Revamps Medicare Local Coverage Determination Rules
Fifth Annual RADTOBERFEST Campaign Begins
Forbes Column Exhorts CMS to Cover CTC Screening

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In the October 6 2018 Issue

2016 PQRS Feedback Report Access Ends December 31
ACR Presents Code Proposals at the CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
California Breast Cancer Screening Bill Vetoed
Congressmen Oppose Lung Cancer Screening Restrictions on IDTFs
FDA Addresses Medical Device Cybersecurity Preparedness
More States Gear Up to Address Balance Billing Issues
UHC to Perform Site of Care Reviews for CT and MRI

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In the September 29, 2018 Issue

ACR Applauds Cost Center Policy Delay in HOPPS Proposed Rule
CMS Issues Guidance on Billing IMRT Planning Services
Congress Passes NIH Funding Bill
FREE "Be PAMA AUC Ready" Webinar Now Available on Demand
NRC Addresses 35.390 T&E and Y-90 Guidance Controversies
Senators Release Bipartisan Surprise Billing Draft Legislation

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In the September 22, 2018 Issue

2017 MIPS Performance Feedback Updated and Targeted Review Period Extended
ACR and UAC Question CMS About Ultrasound Practice Expense Updates
ACR Chair Tells MICCAI Attendees That Radiologists Must Embrace AI
New ACR Resources Debunk Mammography Misinformation
New ACR Webinar Focuses on Surprise Billing
NY State Awards $3 Million for Breast Cancer Research

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In the September 15, 2018 Issue

ACR Champions CT Colonography at Capitol Hill Briefing
ACR Submits Comments on 2019 MPFS Proposed Rule
AMA Releases 2019 CPT Code Set

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In the September 8, 2018 Issue

ACR Announces Legislative Help for State Chapters
Act Now to Meet the Looming Medicare CDS Mandate
CMS to Hold Listening Session at ACR Quality and Safety Meeting
House Panel Amends Local Coverage Determination Bill
The Joint Commission Updates Fluoroscopy Accreditation Standards

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In the September 1, 2018 Issue

ACR DSI Urges AI Standardization, Interoperability and Reportability at NIH Workshop
ACR Plans Legislative Guidance for State Chapters
ACR Signs Letter Questioning Collapsed Payment Rates from Proposed E/M Policies
ACR to NRC: Scientific Basis Needed to Justify Radiopharmaceutical Therapy T&E Changes
One Radiologist Win, One Loss in Primary Elections
VA Radiologist Awarded White House Leadership Fellowship

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In the August 25, 2018 Issue

HOP Panel Advises Against Site Neutral Proposals
IL Governor Signs Breast Density Reporting Bill
New RAN #Radvocacy Virtual Meetup & Journal Club
Q&S Conference to Stress Advanced Practice Skills
USPSTF Finalizes Lung Cancer Screening Research Plan

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In the August 18, 2018 Issue

BCBS of South Carolina to Cover Screening CT Colonography
CMS Proposes Major Changes to Medicare's ACO Program
Kansas to Mandate Coverage of DBT
Radiologists Can Use CMS Tool to Check APM Bonus Status

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In the August 11, 2018 Issue

CMS Proposes Changes to E/M Rules and Payments
MPFS Proposed Rule Generates Varied Rate Impacts
Radiology Advocacy Network Offers New Radvocacy Virtual Meetup and Journal Club
Scope of Practice Bill Fails in Massachusetts

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In the August 4, 2018 Issue

ACR Releases Detailed Summary of 2019 HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Responds to House Innovation Caucus Letter
Planned Fee Cuts Modified for Robotic Radiosurgery

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In the July 28, 2018 Issue

ACR Sees Few Big Changes in 2019 MPFS Proposed Rule
ACRF Global Humanitarian Awards Application Period Open
CDC Names Radiologist to Breast Cancer Advisory Committee
CMS Releases CY 2019 HOPPS Proposed Rule
House Panel Updated on 21st Century Cures Act
House Passes Medical Device Tax Repeal
House Subcommittee Hears Mixed Review of MACRA
Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary
Workshop Lays Out Progress on AI Research at NIH

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In the July 21, 2018 Issue

ACR Requests Data for NRC Evaluation of Therapy T&E Requirements
Adam Boehler Appointed HHS Senior Advisor
CMS Affirms Pledge to Implement AUC/CDS in 2020

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In the July 14, 2018 Issue

ACR Gains Reversal on Bone Biopsy NCCI Edits
CMS Proposes Changes to Quality Payment Program (QPP)
House Panel Extends Delay on USPSTF Mammography Screening Recommendations, Raises NIH Funding
States Act on Numerous Imaging Issues in 2018

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In the July 7, 2018 Issue

2017 MIPS Final Scores and Feedback Now Available
New Hampshire Adopts Tomosynthesis Mandate

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In the June 30, 2018 Issue

ACR Criticizes Surprise Billing Provisions in Medicare IPPS Proposed Rule
CMS Announces Enhanced Medicaid Integrity Strategy
Draft Texas Radiation Safety Regs Open for Comment
QPP Eligibility/Measure Lookup Tools Now Available
Senate Panel Approves Increased NIH Funding

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In the June 23, 2018 Issue

ACR Presents Common Data Elements at ASNR Meeting
ACR to Launch New RUC Survey Series
Breast Imaging Commission Objects to PDQ Bias
CMS Offers Useful Physician QPP Eligibility Tool
HHS Secretary Responds to PTAC APM Submissions
MedPAC Report Explores Cuts to Specialty Services
States Strengthen Breast Imaging Requirements

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In the June 16, 2018 Issue

West Virginia Considers Modified CON Rule for PET
2017 MIPS Preliminary Feedback Data Now Available
ACR Guides Members Toward Data-Driven QPP Success
Butler Presented CRCPD Meritorious Service Award
CMS Refuses Medicare Coverage of NaF PET Scans

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In the June 9, 2018 Issue

ACR Comments on FDA Software Pre-Cert Program
ACR Comments on USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Plan
FDA Proposes Reclassification of CAD
Hill Day Radiologists Secure Support for Key Bills
Missouri Secures Tomosynthesis Coverage
NIH Releases Strategic Plan for Data Science

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In the June 2, 2018 Issue

2018 QCDR Webinar Schedule for MIPS Participants
ACR DSI Summit Addresses Economics of Imaging AI
ACR Proposes Code Updates at CPT Editorial Panel
Radiology Advocacy Network Selects Best Hill Day Photos
Vermont Expands Breast Screening Coverage Mandate

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In the May 26, 2018 Issue

ACR 2018 Economics Forum Stresses Fair Payment and Patient-Centered Care
ACR Managed Care Committee Adopts New Name
Facility-Specific Reports Now Available for the Hospital OQR Program

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In the May 19, 2018 Issue

House Passes VA Bill Covering Telehealth Licensing
CMS Administrator Seema Verma and Leaders Discuss the Future of American Health Care
CMS Asked to Clarify LCS Payment Policy for IDTFs
CMS Updates ICD-10, Other Coding Revisions to NCDs
Louisiana Moves Closer to a DBT Coverage Mandate
Physicians Supplied with New QPP MIPS Lookup Tool

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In the May 12, 2018 Issue

Filing Deadline Nears for Moorefield Fellowship
State Bills Address Hot-Button Health Care Issues

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In the May 5, 2018 Issue

ACR Presents 32 Codes at April RUC Meeting
CMS Proposes Online Hospital Charge Disclosure
FDA Approves ACR to Accredit DBT Scanners
New State Laws Address Imaging-Related Issues

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In the April 28, 2018 Issue

ACR Clarifies Policy on Radiologist Assistant
Free Webinar: Use NRDR for MIPS Reporting
House Committee Explores Health Care Innovation
Mississippi Medicaid Ordered to Make Payments
New Study Confirms CTC Effectiveness for Seniors
Webinar Covers How to Transition to Advanced APMs

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In the April 21, 2018 Issue

ACR Members Help Develop MACRA Cost Measures
TOS Changed for Screening Mammography Code 77067
FDA Releases Medical Device Safety Action Plan
Firing Line Queries Imaging and Disease Severity
NCD Updated for Cardiac MRI and Implanted Devices
Out-of-Network Legislation in NJ Spurs Opposition
Participate in CMS Quality Measure Burdens Study and Receive MIPS IA Credit

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In the April 14, 2018 Issue

ACR Pans New KY Black Lung "B Reader" Law
ACR RAN Call to Action Seeks NIH Funding Commitments
Breast Density Mandates Spread State to State
McGinty Focuses on ACR’s Strategic Vision at RBMA
MedPAC Recommends ED Payment Reductions
MOC Challenges: Your Input Needed

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In the April 7, 2018 Issue

FDA Approves ACR to Accredit FDA-approved DBT Units
JACR Study: Radiologists Can't Escape MIPS
RADPAC March Chapter Challenge Scores Success

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In the March 31, 2018 Issue

ACR TI-RADS Webinar: Case-Based Review and FAQs
MedPAC Recommends Alternative to Medicare MIPS
Now’s the Time to Review Your Open Payment Data
Spending Bill Exceeds ACR Advocacy Goals for NIH
States Consider Bills Enhancing Imaging Practices
The ACR Invites Applications for Moorefield Fellowship

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In the March 24, 2018 Issue

ACR Pans Anthem Policy as Part of Senate Price Transparency Inquiry
ACR Urges CMS to Change Several HOPPS Codes
State Balance Billing Legislation Update

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In the March 17, 2018 Issue

ACR Advocates for CT Colonography CRC Screening
ACR Needs Completed RUC Surveys
ACR Members Bring Radiology Out of the Dark
CMS Issues Billing Modifier FY
Fostering the Future of Radiology
Hospital Stakeholders Oppose Anthem ED and Imaging Policies
Iowa Legislature Mulls Prior Authorization Bill
TJC Seeks Fluoroscopy Standards Revision Comments
Updated Commenting Process for ACR Appropriateness Criteria

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In the March 10, 2018 Issue

ACR Applauds Imaging Exceptions to Anthem ED Policy
AMA and Anthem Jointly Address Physician Concerns
Arizona Radiologists Oppose Weakened Scope of Practice Review Process
CMS Issues Billing Code Modifier for AUC-Assisted, Advanced DI Orders
NIH Seeks Comments for Draft Data Science Plan
QPP Burden Study Volunteers to Receive MIPS Credit
Verma Stresses Regulatory Reforms in HIMSS Address

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In the March 3, 2018 Issue

ACR, ACEP and AHA Tell Anthem to Drop ED and Imaging Policies
Anthem Rescinds Pay Cut for Same-Day Services
CMS Issues ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to NCDs
CMS-ONC Explore EHR Burden Reduction Options
RADPAC Stays Strong with Contributions in 2017
RADPAC Supports Two Radiologists for Congress
Scope of Practice Bills Raise Safety Concerns
View Free CTC Coverage and Coding Webinar

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In the February 24, 2018 Issue

ACR Leaders in Spotlight at RBMA Annual Meeting
ACR to Begin April 2018 RUC Cycle
Atlanta Hospital Sues Anthem Over Imaging and ED Policies
House Approves Low-Dose Radiation Research Bill
Radiologist Promotes R-SCAN Results at 2018 CMS Quality Conference
State Considers Imaging Abnormality Disclosure

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In the February 17, 2018 Issue

ACR Backs NCD for MRI of Cardiac Rhythm Disorders
ACR Discusses Cost Center Policies with CMS
Comment Period for ACR Quality Measures Ends Soon
Health Programs Addressed in Budget Deal
MIPS Data Deadlines to Follow Related Webinars
National Academies Explore Oncologic Imaging
The ACR Evaluates Implications of President's Budget
Webinar to Brief Radiologists About QPP Year 2

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In the February 10, 2018 Issue

ACR Makes Recommendations for NRC Y-90 Proposal
Anthem Policies Draw More Criticism
CMS Defines APM Participation Terms for 2018
CMS Enacts MIPS Natural Disaster Interim Rule
NIH Seeks Input on "All of Us" Research Program
Obamacare Board Repeal Included in Budget Deal
State Legislatures Address Balance Billing Issues

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In the February 3, 2018 Issue

FDA Gathers Views on Software Precertification
Federal Agencies Publish Imaging Research Roadmap
SPM Tells Anthem to Reconsider Outpatient Imaging Policy
State Legislatures Consider Rad Tech Reforms
Taking Radiology to Medical Students

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In the January 27, 2018 Issue

ACR Seeks Comments on Diagnostic Imaging 2018 Quality Measure Set
Azar Confirmed as HHS Secretary
CHIP Extended as Congress Ends Government Shutdown
CMS Issues a Revision for MUEs and Bilateral Surgical Procedures
CMS Launches QPP Data Submission System
CMS Revises 2018 Patient Facing Encounter Codes
More States Consider Breast Tomosynthesis Mandates
Radiologist Nicola Part of Team Selected as ACEP Choosing Wisely Champions

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In the January 20, 2018 Issue

ACR Makes Numerous Recommendations at RUC Meeting
Advocates Tell Anthem to Rescind Imaging Policies
Bill to Block Anthem Outpatient Imaging-Type Policies Introduced in Virginia
CMS Announces Voluntary Bundled Payment Model
MedPAC Votes to Recommend Elimination of MIPS
Senate Finance Committee Approves HHS Secretary Nominee
Societies Release Joint Statement on Patient Relationship Categories and Codes
States Again Consider Out-of-Network Legislation

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In the January 13, 2018 Issue

AMA Previews 2018 State Legislative Priorities
Azar Lays Out HHS Priorities at Senate Hearing
CMS Clarifies the Proper Use of Modifier 59
The ACR Gets Correction for Erroneous X-Ray Code Edit
Opportunity to Apply: Director, NIBIB
ONC Releases Draft Trusted Exchange Framework
QCDR Users Invited to MIPS Submission Webinar

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In the December 23, 2017 Issue

Act Now or Face MIPS Payment Penalty in 2019
Congress Prevents Shutdown and Patches CHIP
Roundtable Rallies Support for Lung CA Screening

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In the December 15, 2017 Issue

FDA Revises Approach to Medical Device Regulation
JACR Firing Line Explores Controversial Topics
Last Chance to Avoid a 2019 MIPS Payment Penalty
MedPAC Considers Voluntary Alternative to MIPS
New York Secures Breast Tomosynthesis Coverage

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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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In the November 17, 2017 Issue

ACR Releases Analysis of CY 2018 MPFS Final Rule
Breast Density Bill Would Set Federal Standard
Conference Debates Model Bill for Balance Billing

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In the November 10 2017 Issue

ACR Prepares for 2018 State Legislative Season
ACR Reassured About CDS Delay In MPFS Final Rule
CMS Accepts Appeal for Higher MUE Values
ACR DSI Officer Delivers Keynote Address at GPU Tech Conference
House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Reviews APM
MS Offers New Quality Payment Program Year 2 Resources
RBMA Opposes Anthem Outpatient Imaging Policy

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In the November 3 2017 Issue

ACR Officials to Address 2018 CRCPD Annual Meeting
House-Passed CHIP Bill Faces Challenges in Senate
House Passes Repeal of Controversial IPAB Panel
Briefing Highlights Health Care’s Shift to Value

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In the October 27, 2017 Issue

ACR Data Science Institute Meets With FDA on AI Regulatory Issues
Possible NIH Cuts Spell Bad News for Research
House VA Committee Explores Telemedicine Legislation
States Consider Changes to X-Ray System Regulation
Update on NOPR Closure

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In the October 20, 2017 Issue

ACR Efforts Drive New CPT Code Approvals
Sharpless Appointed New NCI Director
State Chapters Push Back Against Anthem Policy
Virtual Group Election Period Now Open For MIPS

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In the October 13, 2017 Issue

ACR Presents New Codes at October RUC Meeting
CMS Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool Now Available
Imaging 3.0 Case Studies: Invaluable Resources for Practice Improvement
MedPAC Considers MIPS Repeal, Telehealth Reports
New ACR Webpage Gathers Feedback on Anthem Policy

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In the October 6, 2017 Issue

AMA Questions Anthem Outpatient Imaging Policy
Cancer Research Coalition Briefed on Key Issues
CMS Rescinds Guidance on Radiology DOS Billing
Congress Formulates CHIP Reauthorization Plans
Election Prospects Improve for Radiologist Ferrara
ACR Resources Aid Opposition to Anthem Imaging Policy
Still Time to Start MIPS Quality Data Collection
Surprise Billing Legislation Introduced in House

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In the September 29, 2017 Issue

CMS Conducts Field Tests to Assess MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures
Concerns Grow for Anthem MRI/CT Payment Policy
Health IT Developers Get Regulatory Break from ONC
Summary of the Intracranial Hemorrhage or Cerebral Infarction Cost Measure
Military Experience Accepted for RT Credentialing
Summary of the Revascularization for Lower Extremity Chronic Critical Limb Ischemia Cost Measure

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In the September 22, 2017 Issue

ACR Expresses Concerns About Site-Neutral Policy
ACR Presents Proposals to CPT Editorial Panel
CMS Makes 2016 PQRS and QRUR Reports Available
CMS Post New and Updated ICD-10-CM Codes
MIDAC Supports Planned Gadolinium Contrast Warning

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In the September 15, 2017 Issue

ACR Seeks Adjustments to 2018 HOPPS Proposed Rule
Anthem Restrictive Imaging Policy Raises Concerns
Continuing Resolution Passes and NIH Budget Advances
ACR Urges Medicare to Implement Mandatory AUC in 2019
Pennsylvania Considers Insurance Mandate Bill
PTAC Recommends Physician-Focused Payment Models
ACR Explores Potential MACRA Legislative Changes
RLI 2017: Preparing Radiologists for Constant Change
Senate Races to Stabilize ACA and Extend CHIP

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In the August 4, 2017 Issue

ACR Helps You Learn MACRA QPP Acronyms
ACR Plots Impact of Proposed MPFS on Payment Rates
CMS Announces Application Process for MIPS-ACI Hardship Exceptions
CMS to Modify Spinal Angiography MUE Value
Florida Updates Claim Dispute Resolution Rule

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In the July 28, 2017 Issue

2018 MPFS Proposed Rule Summary—IDTFs Face Cuts
ACR Issues Analysis of OPPS Proposed Rule for CY2018
ACR Secures Date of Service Policy for Wide Region
Senate Fails to Repeal Affordable Care Act

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In the July 21, 2017 Issue

California Enacts Balance Billing Restrictions
Candidate Ferrara Scores Fundraising Successes
Growing Republican Opposition Imperils BCRA
House Panel Approves Increased Medical Research Funding
Proposed MPFS Rule Eases Transition to MIPS

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In the July 14, 2017 Issue

CMS Recognizes ACR Appropriate Use Criteria and CDS Mechanism
Texas Mandates Tomosynthesis Coverage

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In the July 7, 2017 Issue

Feds Modify Security Advice After Cyberattack
Lewin Named Influential Physician Executive and Leader

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In the June 23 2017 Issue

Medicare Proposes Further Expansion and Flexibility for the Second Year of the Quality Payment Program
ACR Successful in Revision of Abscess Drainage and Liver Biopsy Code Edit
MACRA Proposed Rule Would Make AUC A HighWeighted MIPS Improvement Activity
State Legislative WrapUp 2017

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In the June 30 2017 Issue

ACR Comments on NRC Patient Release Requirements
ACR Posts MayJune 2017 Radiology Coding Source
ACR Showcases AUC in Meeting with HHS Tom Price
NQF Seeks Comments on Diagnostic Quality and Safety Metrics
Proposed QPP Rule Eases Up on Small and Rural Practices
Senate Postpones Vote to Repeal and Replace PPACA

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In the June 16 2017 Issue

ACR Backed House Letter Opposes Future Lung Cancer Screening Cuts
ACR IPPS Comments Caution CMS on Accreditation Clinical Decision Support and Cost Centers
Medicare Announces Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in the IDTF Setting
NIH Rethinks Policy to Bolster Early Mid-Career Investigators
State Legislative Update
Stephen Ferrara MD The Potential of Medical Diplomacy
Trump Administration Selects Ned Sharpless as Next NCI Director

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In the June 09 2017 Issue

ACR Leaders to CoChair MACRA Subcommittees
ACR Proposes Code Updates at CPT Editorial Panel
Radiation Oncology Embraces Shared Decision Making
RADPAC Entertains Success at ACR 2017
States Respond to Proposed PPACA Changes
Texas Governor Considers DBT Coverage Mandate

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In the June 02 2017 Issue

ACR 2017 Economics Drive Change for Radiology
Medicare to Cover Exercise Therapy for PAD
NRDR Among 2017 CMS Approved Data Registries
Radiologists Bring ACRs Message to Capitol Hill
State Legislation Addresses OutofNetwork Billing

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In the May 26 2017 Issue

ACR 2017 CDS Manager Describes Planning Efforts
ACR 2017 Positive Data Help Defend Mammography

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In the May 19 2017 Issue

ACR Participates in CRCPD Annual Meeting
HHS Focuses on Ransomware Threat Awareness
New CMS Tool Answers MIPS Eligibility Question
Quality Safety Options Abound at ACR 2017
Radiologist Dr Stephen Ferrara Runs for Congress
States Consider Medicaid Policy Adjustments

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In the May 12 2017 Issue

ACR Members Appointed to CMS MACRA Subcommittees
Filing Deadline Nears for Moorefield Fellowship
Mo99 Workgroup Carries on Under Trump White House
Scott Gottlieb Confirmed to Head FDA

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In the May 05 2017 Issue

ACR 2017 Roundtable to Focus on CT Colonography
ACR Educational Material Addresses CDSAUC Mandate
ACR Well Represented at April RUC Meeting
Breast Density Disclosure Law Signed in Nebraska
House Passes Obamacare Repeal and Replace Bill
Spending Bill Boosts NIH Supports Mammo Coverage

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In the April 28 2017 Issue

ACR Guidance Covers Incidental Findings for MIPS
ACR Opposes CMS Proposal on Accreditation Survey Disclosures
CMS Notifies Clinicians About MIPS Exemptions
CMS Webinar Spotlights RSCAN Successes
House Republicans Work to Bridge Gap on AHCA
RBMA PaRADigm Conference Features ACR Speakers
State Legislation Supports Cancer Screening

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In the April 21 2017 Issue

ACR Answers Frequent Questions About CDS Mandate
ACR Posts MarchApril 2017 Radiology Coding Source
ACR Reminds Members to Review Open Payments Data
Chat Covers RSCAN Value-Based Payment Success
HHS Hires New Health IT National Coordinator

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In the April 14 2017 Issue

A Yea and Nay for Breast Density Disclosures
Dr James Rawson to Receive Thorwarth Award
PTAC Assesses PhysicianFocused Payment Models

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In the April 07 2017 Issue

CTC Screening Campaign Gathers Momentum
RADPAC March Madness Contest Breaks Records
State Legislatures Address Breast Health Issues

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In the March 31 2017 Issue

ACRs Moran Addresses RepealReplace and Radiology
Compact Offers New Option for Interstate Licensure
FDA Video Prepares Facilities for EQUIP Inspections
HHS Issues Compliance Effectiveness Resource Guide
ONC and FDA Leaders to Speak at ACR 2017

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In the March 24 2017 Issue

States Revisit Physician Self-Referral Bans
ACR Recommends CTC Coding and Billing Webinar
Its Time to Update Links to CMS ICD-10 Website

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In the March 17 2017 Issue

ACR Needs Your Help With RUC Surveys
ACR Seeks More Transparency in HOPPS Rulemaking
ACR Supports Increased FY 2018 Funding for NIH
ACRSIR How to Thrive Not Just Comply With MACRA
CMS to ACR Flexibility Intended for ACI Measures
Expected Effects of AHCA Raise Serious Concerns
March Means Madness at RADPAC Again
Senate Confirms New CMS Administrator Seema Verma
States Plan for Essential Benefits After PPACA

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In the March 10 2017 Issue

2017 ACR 2017 Quality Payment Workshop to Cover MIPS and APMs
ACR Responds to NRC on Ir-192 Source Tracking and Security
ACR Stresses Value of Screening in Meeting with HHS Secretary Price
ACR Urges CMS to Halt Mammography Payment Cuts
Alternatives to Prior Authorization Requirements
PFCC Member to Speak at Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference
PPACA Replacement Foes Rise from All Quarters

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In the March 03 2017 Issue

ACR to Launch RUC Surveys for April 2017 Cycle
ECOGACRIN Steps Forward With Patient Engagement
Senate Finance Committee Approves CMS Nominee
States Propose Medical Services Tax Exemptions

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