Advocacy In Action eNews

Weekly updates on economic, regulatory and legislative activities affecting radiology

In the Nov. 20, 2021 Issue

ACR Provides Additional Input to FDA on AI Transparency Needs
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of 2022 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System
ACR Releases New Mission and Vision Statements
Deadline Nears to Request Targeted Review of 2020 MIPS Score
Waning Congressional Calendar Could Delay Action on Physician Payment Cuts

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In the Nov. 13, 2021 Issue

ACR Provides Detailed Summary of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
Biden Administration Implements COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates for Healthcare Settings
MedPAC Discusses Effects of Benchmarking on ACOs During November Meeting
US House Lawmakers Urge Biden Administration to Follow Intent of Surprise Billing Law

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In the Nov. 6, 2021 Issue

ACR Launches January 2022 RUC Surveys
ACR Releases Preliminary Summary of Radiology Provisions in 2022 HOPPS Final Rule
ACR Summarizes Radiology Components of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
CMS Issues ICD-10 Revisions to National Coverage Determinations Relevant to Radiology
In the Know: Local Coverage Policy on Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Management
Massachusetts Deliberates Cancer Screening Measures
October MACPAC Meeting Focuses on Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibility
Texas Medical Association Files Surprise Billing Rule Suit

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In the Oct. 30, 2021 Issue

ACR Supports Proposed Changes to the CRC Screening HEDIS Measure
Democrat Members of US Senate Committee on Appropriations Release Labor, HHS and Education Bill
FDA Releases Guiding Principles for Good Machine Learning Practice
Member Response Vital to Accuracy of ACR/RBMA Radiology Workforce Survey
There's Still Time: Urge Congress to Sign Surprise Billing Letter

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In the Oct. 23, 2021 Issue

ACR Looks Forward to 2022 State Legislative Challenges and Opportunities
ACR Urges AI Transparency During FDA Workshop
Biden Likely to Nominate Former FDA Commissioner Califf to Again Head Agency
Bipartisan US House Members Urge Colleagues to Sign Surprise Billing Letter
House Leadership Pressured to Ensure Stability for Physician Payment

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In the Oct. 16, 2021 Issue

ACR Presents Five CPT Codes at October 2021 RUC
ACR Provides Detailed Analysis of Flawed Surprise Billing Requirements
ACR-supported Legislation Reaches Major Milestone
American College of Radiology Announces Updated ACR Appropriateness Criteria
Bipartisan Majority of House Members Support Stability in Physician Payments
California and Pennsylvania Enact PA Supervision and Fluoroscopy Permit Laws
Enrollment Period Nears for 2022 MIPS Virtual Group Program
Neiman Institute Accepting Applications for Grants/Fellowship Programs
Study Chair Updates Media on TMIST Success at NCI Event

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In the Oct. 9, 2021 Issue

ACR Presents Code Proposals at September CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
California Enacts Telehealth, Colon Cancer Screening; States Seek Modifications to PA/APRN Supervision
NIH Website Provides Information About Timing Leniency for Research Grants

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In the Oct. 2, 2021 Issue

Surprise Billing Rule Misses Mark on Independent Dispute Resolution Process
ACR Toolkit Can Help Sites Continue to Safely Provide Mammograms During COVID Resurgence
ACR Updates Radiology-Specific Information Blocking FAQ, Other Resources
ACR Urges White House to Stop Cuts Facing Radiation Therapy
CMS Adjusts 2020 Final MIPS Scores, Extends Targeted Review Deadline
Federal Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss Social Determinants of Health
MEDCAC Meets to Review Health Outcomes in Cerebrovascular Disease Treatment Studies
Time is Running Out — Contact Your Member of Congress Today to Stop Quickly Approaching Payment Cuts

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In the Sept. 25, 2021 Issue

ACR Submits Comments on the CY 2022 HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACRA State Scope of Practice Fund Applications Now Available
CMS Establishes 2021 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exemption
Deadline Nears to Register for ACR Qualified Clinical Data Registry for 2021

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In the Sept. 18, 2021 Issue

Please Complete Member Survey Regarding Non-Physician Radiology Providers
ACR Launches Initiative to Improve Diagnostic Imaging
ACR Member Voice Key to Protecting Patient Access to Care
ACR Submits Comments on the 2022 MPFS Proposed Rule
California's Legislature Approves Telehealth and Fluoroscopy Permit Legislation
HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in New Provider Relief Funding

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In the Sept. 11, 2021 Issue

ACR to CMS: Stick with Independent Dispute Resolution Outlined in No Surprises Act
Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to NRC on Extravasation Reporting
MedPAC Discusses COVID-19 Impact at September Meeting
NIH Opens Application Period for Loan Repayment Program
Stop Looming Pay Cuts — Contact Your Member of Congress Today!

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In the Sept. 4, 2021 Issue

Access ACR Webinar Recording About New GRID Measure Submission Methods
HRSA Establishes Provider Relief Bureau
Medicare Advisory Panel Holds Meeting About HOPPS Proposed Rule
Physician Lawmakers Renew Efforts to Ensure Payment Stability for Healthcare Providers
State Legislative Wrap Up: Scope of Practice
States Advance Certificate of Need and Telehealth Legislation
Take Action Now to Prevent Drastic Cut in Medicare Reimbursement

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In the Aug. 28, 2021 Issue

Imaging Volume Decreased Nearly 90% at COVID-19 Peak, Recovered Within Four Months
ONC to Host Clinician-Focused Webinar About Information Blocking
State Legislative Wrap-Up: Out-of-Network Legislation

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In the Aug. 21, 2021 Issue

ACR Prepares to Comment on 2022 QPP Proposed Rule
Anthem Expands Pediatric Access to Hospital-Based Imaging
New GRID Measure Submission Method for MIPS Users
NRC Releases Preliminary Evaluation Report of "Extravasation" Issue
State Legislative Wrap-Up: Breast Imaging Legislation

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In the Aug. 14, 2021 Issue

2022 MPFS Proposed Rule Wage Proposal Could Negatively Impact Radiology Practices
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Releases 2020 Report to Congress
Congress Begins Debate on Federal Budget Reconciliation Legislation
Delaware Joins APRN Multi-State Compact
Disputed EHR Dose Levels Could Keep Patients From Getting Necessary Imaging Exams
Senate Passes Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

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In the Aug. 7, 2021 Issue

ACR Provides Detailed Summary of Federal Fiscal Year 2022 IPPS Final Rule
ACR Releases Summary of 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule
CMS Proposed Clinical Labor Pricing Update Impact on Radiology
HHS Requests Comments on Health Information Exchange
MIPS Performance Feedback Reports Now Available
Wisconsin Legislature Holds Hearings for APRN Scope Expansion Bills

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In the July 31, 2021 Issue

2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Includes Reimbursement Cuts for Radiology
ACR Shares AI-LAB Platform to Speed AI-Powered Eye Care
Governors Enact Certificate of Need, Telehealth Legislation

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In the July 24, 2021 Issue

ACR Leads Effort to Retain Increase to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
ACR Provides Detailed Summary of the MPFS Proposed Rule
ACR Releases Preliminary Summary of Radiology Provisions in 2022 HOPPS Proposed Rule
Bipartisan Sponsors Introduce PALS Screening Access Act in House and Senate
House Committee Proposes Increase in NIH Funding, Requests AUC Report
Massachusetts and New York Take Aim at Out-of-Network Billing Provisions
New York Expands Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage for Enrollees Ages 45 to 49 Years

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In the July 17, 2021 Issue

ACR Provides Preliminary Summary of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
ACR Summarizes COVID-19-Era Physician Liability Legislation
CMS Promotes Appropriate Use Criteria Program in Proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Draft Report Released About 2022 Medicaid, CHIP Child and Adult Core Sets of Quality Measures
Rhode Island Enacts Telehealth Bill; Oregon Introduces Breast Cancer Screening Bill
TMIST Trial Enrollment Reaches 50,000
Watch ACR's 2021 Qualified Clinical Data Registry Webinar About MIPS Participation

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In the July 10, 2021 Issue

ACR Publishes New Informatics E-Learning Hub Developed by AI Experts
Federal Regulations on Surprise Billing Raise Red Flags for ACR
Florida Governor Expands PA Scope of Practice
New Oregon Law Paves Way for Fee Increases Adopted by State Board of Medical Imaging
Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal Now Open
Rhode Island Senate Advances Legislation Expanding Physical Therapist Scope

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In the July 3, 2021 Issue

ACR Updates Website With Scope-of-Practice News and Resources
Breast Cancer Screening Introduced; OON Legislation Advances
Congress Introduces Discussion Draft Creating ARPA-H; Advancing 21st Century Cures Act
Humana Updates PET/CT Coverage Policy

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In the June 26, 2021 Issue

ACR Provides Input About Practice Expense Methodology
Bipartisan Lawmakers Reiterate Congressional Intent for "Surprise Billing" Law
FDA Releases Documents on Device Remanufacturing and Third-Party Servicing
Governors Enact Breast Cancer Screening and RT Licensure
MACPAC Releases June Report to Congress
MedPAC Releases June 2021 Report to the Congress
Submit an Abstract for the 2021 ACR Quality and Safety Conference

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In the June 19, 2021 Issue

ACR Contractor Advisory Committee Network Meeting Reflects on Local Coverage Activities
HHS Revises Reporting Requirements and Timeline for Provider Relief Fund
HHS Shares Resources for Avoiding Ransomware Attacks
OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers from Coronavirus
Physician and Patient Groups Respond to CMS About Lung Cancer Screening Coverage
Physician Payment Advisory Committee Discusses Care Coordination at June Meeting
Register Now to Participate in Free Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility Webinars
States Consider Scope-of-Practice Legislation

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In the June 12, 2021 Issue

Louisiana Governor Signs Breast Cancer Screening Bill Into Law
United Healthcare Responds to ACR and Stakeholders on Prior Authorization Tool Changes

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In the June 5, 2021 Issue

ACR Conducts First Virtual Hill Day at ACR 2021
ACR Launches October 2021 RUC Surveys
Biden Administration Releases Proposed Budget for Federal Fiscal Year 2022
CMS to Host Webinar Series Related to Quality Measurement
NRC Advisory Committee Approves Modified Abnormal Occurrence Criteria
Tennessee Governor Signs Scope Bill Into Law

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In the May 29, 2021 Issue

ACR CRI Supports its Sponsor Partner in FDA Approval of PET Imaging Radiotracer
Aetna Updates Lung Cancer Screening Coverage
CMS Reweighting 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System Cost Performance Category
National Quality Forum Welcomes Comments About ACR Quality Payment Measures
State Legislative Update
U.S. Senate Confirms New Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator
Winners Announced for Hill Day Twitter Contest

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In the May 22, 2021 Issue

ACR 2021 Dives Into Racial Disparities in Healthcare
Hot Topics in Imaging Economics
Moreton Lecture Explores Gender Bias in Radiology
Outgoing ACR President McGinty Urges Radiology Professionals to Act to Advance Health Equity
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening and Scope Bills

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In the May 15, 2021 Issue

ACR Announces Virtual Hill Day Legislative Issues
ACR Gives Biden Administration Input About No Surprises Act in Advance of Regulation Development
ACR Presents Code Proposal at May CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
Arizona Governor Signs Telehealth Bill into Law
Every ACR Member Can Effect Change by Participating in Virtual Capitol Hill Day
Provider Community Engages with Medicare Contractor about Payment for Myocardial PET Imaging
Workgroup Votes to Include Colorectal Cancer Screening for 2022 Medicaid Core Set Measures

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In the May 8, 2021 Issue

ACR Annual Meeting Economics Session: Call for Questions
American College of Radiology Association Names Brown Government Affairs Specialist
Charting a Path to Reimbursement for FDG PET
Fiscal Year 2022 IPPS Proposed Rule Released
Oklahoma Governor Signs Out-of-Network Legislation into Law
Physician Community Seeks Changes to UHC Prior Authorization for Radiation Therapy

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In the May 1, 2021 Issue

ACR and SPR Urge Anthem to Expand Pediatric Access to Hospital-Based Imaging
ACR DSI Links Use Cases to Datasets to Speed AI Development
ACR Opens Second Public Comment Period on New Quality Measure Set
ACR Urges Lung Cancer Screening Centers to Write Local Insurers
Broad Coalition Urges Congressional Leaders to Ensure Financial Stability for Healthcare Providers
CMS to Host MIPS Webinar May 6
Fiscal Year 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released
Radiology News from the Virtual April RUC Meeting
West Virginia Governor Signs Physician Assistant Scope Bill into Law

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In the April 24, 2021 Issue

ACR Signs on to Letter Urging Greater MIPS Transparency
Delaware Governor Signs Physician Assistant Scope Bill into Law
FDA Warns Against Some Ultrasound Contrast Agents in Patients with PEG Allergy

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In the April 17, 2021 Issue

President Biden Signs into Law Sequester Moratorium Extension
CDC Issues Health Alert on CVST Related to J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
HHS Rejects Former Secretary 510(k) Exemption Proposals
MACPAC Meets to Discuss Future Recommendations
Wyoming Governor Signs Physician Assistant Scope Bill into Law

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In the April 10, 2021 Issue

ACR Urges Top National Insurers to Update Lung Cancer Screening Coverage
HHS Reaffirms Final Date for Expenditure of PRF Funds
MedPAC Votes on Recommendations to Congress at April Meeting
North Dakota Scope of Practice Bill Signed into Law

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In the April 3, 2021 Issue

ACR Joins in Supporting the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021
ACR Resources Help Radiologists Impact Population Health
Experts to Discuss CT Colonography in Upcoming Webinar
MACs to Hold Claims Pending Legislation to Extend Moratorium on 2% Sequester Cuts
Radiation Oncologists Faced With New UHC Prior Authorization Requirements
Repayment Begins for COVID-19 Medicare Advance/Accelerated Payments
Senate Votes to Extend Sequester Medicare Cuts Moratorium
State Legislators Address High-Priority Imaging Issues

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In the March 27, 2021 Issue

2020 MIPS Submission Must Be Finalized by March 31
ACR Chief Research Officer To Brief Members of Congress on COVID Registry
Medicare Contractors Release Future Effective LCDs on Facet Joint Interventions
New ONC Information Blocking FAQ Muddies Previous Clarity on Report Access
Utah Governor Signs Out of Network Billing and Scope Legislation into Law

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In the March 20, 2021 Issue

ACR Urges HHS to Revise Burdensome Provisions in HIPAA Proposed Rule
AI Interoperability in Imaging White Paper Released for Public Comment
Becerra Confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary
MACPAC Releases March 2021 Report on Medicaid and CHIP to Congress
March 2021 MedPAC Report Outlines Medicare Spending
Physician Groups, Others Urge Congressional Action to Prevent Medicare Cuts
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening and Scope of Practice

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In the March 13, 2021 Issue

ACR DSI Webinar on FDA-Cleared AI Algorithms Now Available
ACR Resource Page Outlines Information Blocking Provision
MedPAC Presents on Access to Care and CMS Payments
States Consider Radiation Therapy, Out-of-Network Billing and Scope
View QPP Webinar to Learn About 2021 Updates

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In the March 6, 2021 Issue

ACR Members at Forefront of Lancet Effort to Increase Worldwide Access to Radiology Services
ACR Urges NRC Chairman to Elevate ACMUI Recommendations
Changes to Employee Retention Tax Credit for Radiology Practices
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Imaging Exams
Stakeholders Send RO Model Letter to CMS
State Chambers Pass Breast Cancer Screening and Scope Measures

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In the Feb 27, 2021 Issue

ACR Calls on Congress to Extend Medicare Sequester Moratorium
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Nominated for CMS Administrator
Cigna Expands Pediatric Access to Hospital Based Imaging
CMS Extends Automatic Exemption Policy to 2020 MIPS
Congressional Outreach Continues to Address Pending Payment Cuts
Radiology Has New Representation at the RUC
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening, Scope of Practice and More

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In the Feb 20 2021 Issue

ACR DSI Publishes Six New Neuroradiology AI Use Cases
MACs Host Meeting on Epidural Interventions for Pain Management
State Legislators Address High-Priority Imaging Issues

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In the Feb 13, 2021 Issue

ACR Comments on USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening DRP
ACR Presents Code Proposals at CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
ACR Submits Comments on MACRA Cost Measure Development
NCI Raises Payline for Competitive R01 Grants
Return to Care: Encourage Year-Round Breast Health with ACR Toolkit
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the Feb 6, 2021 Issue

ACR Chief Research Officer Takes Part in G7 Artificial Intelligence Working Group
ACR NRDR QCDR Ready for 2020 MIPS Submission
ACR Submits Comments on RO Model IFC
ACR Submits Comments on the 2021 MPFS Final Rule
Changes to Employee Retention Tax Credit for Radiology Practices
States Discuss Measures on Breast Cancer Screening and Scope of Practice

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In the Jan 30, 2021 Issue

ACR Urges Senate Leaders to Confirm Becerra as HHS Secretary
Apply for the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence Program
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening; OON Billing Measures
TMIST Sets Quarterly Accrual Record in Q4 2020
USPSTF Seeks Public Input on Breast Cancer Screening DRP

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In the Jan 23, 2021 Issue

ACR Presents Trabecular Bone Score Codes at Virtual RUC Meeting
CMS Deletes NCCI PTP Edits for 3-D Radiotherapy Plan
HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Reporting
MedPAC Discusses Medicare Payment, Access and Quality
ONC Addresses ACR Concerns in Updated Information Blocking Guidance
Outgoing Administration Releases RFI on FDA 510(k) Exemptions
States Begin 2021 Legislative Sessions

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In the Jan 16, 2021 Issue

FDA Releases AI/ML Action Plan
ONC Proposes New Diagnostic Imaging Data Class in Draft USCDI V2
UnitedHealthcare Unable to Reach Contract Agreements

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In the April 4, 2020 Issue

SBA Loan Programs for Radiology Practices (login required)
ACR Continues to Empower Members with COVID-19 Clinical, Economic and Regulatory Updates
ACR Information on Field Radiology Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
AMA Describes Federal CARES Act Highlights for Physicians, Medical Students and Practices
CARES Act Could Allow Radiology Practices to Delay Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes
CARES Act Offers Loans and Tax Relief to Radiology Practices
CARES Act Reduces Liability for Providers Who Volunteer to Fight COVID-19
CMS Defines Terms for Telehealth Use During COVID-19 Crisis
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Provides Tax Credits for Paid and Family Leave
Coming Soon! Free JACR Webinar on COVID-19 and Your Radiology Practice

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In the Jan 9, 2021 Issue

2021 Coding Update Published
ACR and Other Physician Groups Urge Rescission of VA Rule
ACR Comments on Novel Tech for Chronic Disease Management
ACR NRDR Approved as QCDR for 2021
ACR Prepares Updated MPFS Impact Tables
Congress Delays Radiation Oncology Model to Jan. 1, 2022
States Advance Telehealth and Radiation Control Legislation
Year-End Legislation Addresses ACR Priorities

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In the Dec 19, 2020 Issue

ACR Prepares 2021 MPFS Final Rule Impact Tables
ACR Releases Detailed CY 2021 HOPPS Final Rule Summary
ACR Seeks Public Comment on a New Quality Measure Set
CMS Physician Self-Referral Final Rule - A New Era For Stark?
CMS Releases ICD-10-CM/PCS COVID-19 Updates
CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Reducing Provider Burden for Medicaid Services
HHS/OCR Propose HIPAA Rule Changes
MACPAC Meeting Reviews Interim Final Rule and Implications of 2020 Elections
NLCRT Annual Meeting Addresses Barriers to Screening and Reinforces Implementation Strategies
Ohio and South Carolina Address Out-Of-Network Billing

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In the Dec 12, 2020 Issue

ACR Asks Humana to Reconsider PET CT Non-Coverage Policy
ACR Detailed MPFS Final Rule Summary Covers Payment Policies
CMS and OIG Update Self-Referral and Anti-Kickback Statutes
CMS Extends Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application Deadline
Congressional Bipartisan Support Grows for Stopping Medicare Cuts
Radiation Oncology Model Interim Final Rule for Delay
The Fight Against Medicare Cuts Continues

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In the Dec 5, 2020 Issue

ACR and SPR Request Expansion of Pediatric Hospital-Based Imaging
ACR Comments on USPSTF Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
ACR Recommends NRC Denial of Device Manufacturer’s Extravasation Petition
ACR Releases Summary of Radiology Provisions in HOPPS Final Rule
ACR Seeks Public Comment on a New Quality Measure Set
Opt In to Receive State Legislative Updates
States Consider Regulations on Out-of-Network Billing

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In the Nov 21, 2020 Issue

ACMUI Briefs NRC Leaders on Extravasation and AU Training and Experience
Act Now to Halt Impending Medicare Cuts
Complete the TBS Survey and Submit Software Invoices
Data Reveals Medicare Screening CTC Noncoverage Policy’s Negative Effect on Patients
E/M Efforts Continue As Congress Determines Path Forward
Ohio Senate Committee Discusses Surprise Billing
VA IFR Addresses Employees’ Practice Across State Lines

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In the Nov 14, 2020 Issue

CMS Issues ICD-10 Revisions to NCDs Relevant to Radiology
CMS Releases Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule
MedPAC Discusses Expansion of Telehealth in Medicare
ONC Finalizes 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
Participate in the ACR Neuroradiology Face Validity Survey
Save the Date for Upcoming MIPS Deadlines
Updates on the Congressional and Senate Election

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In the Nov 7, 2020 Issue

ACR Submits Comments on Medicare Coverage Proposed Rule
ACR to Launch Trabecular Bone Score RUC Survey
ACR Urges Members of Congress to Support E/M Relief Bill
CMS Issues Special Provisions for Radiology Documentation Requests
Federal Agencies Warn of Growing Cyberattacks on U.S. Healthcare Providers
HHS Issues Final Rule on Price Transparency
NIH Releases Final Data Management and Sharing Policy

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In the Oct 31, 2020 Issue

ACR Radiation Oncology CAC Network Discusses Medicare Coverage Issues
CMS Releases Fourth Interim Final Rule on the Public Health Emergency
CMS Releases Preliminary 2019 QPP Program Results
HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements, Expands Provider List
Information Blocking Update: Radiology Report Access Issue
Michigan OON Billing Legislation Becomes Law; Pennsylvania CRNP Bill Passes House
ONC Officially Delays Information Blocking Compliance
Out of Network Regulatory Updates on Georgia and Texas

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In the Oct 24, 2020 Issue

ACR DSI Presents to FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee on AI
ACR Thanks Physician House Members for Efforts to Avoid America’s Next Healthcare Crisis
CMS Intends to Delay Radiation Oncology Model

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In the Oct 17, 2020 Issue

ACR DSI and Standards Bodies Active in Artificial Intelligence Space
ACR Presents Six Codes at October 2020 Virtual RUC Meeting
CMS Amends AAP Program Repayment Terms
CMS Updates Proposed RAC Audit Topics Including IMRT
Coalition Applauds Introduction of E/M Legislation
HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration
NRC and FDA Convene Workshop on Emerging Technologies
Register Now for the ACR Virtual Conference on Quality and Safety
Senator Susan Collins Urges Congressional Action to Avert Medicare Cuts

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In the Oct 10 2020 Issue

ACR Presents Code Proposals at CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
ACR Sends Letter to CMS on RO Model, Signs on to ASTRO Letter
ACR Submits Comments on the 2021 MPFS Proposed Rule
California’s Governor Newsom Signs AB 890 Into Law
Legislation to Mitigate E/M Payment Cuts Introduced in Congress
Medicare Contractors Seek Input on Proposed LCDs on Facet Joint Interventions
Phase 3 Distribution of Provider Relief Fund Open
President Extends Government Funding and Revises Medicare Reimbursement
Provider Coalition Urges CMS to Address Looming Payment Cuts

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In the Oct 3, 2020 Issue

ACR Submits Comments for the HOPPS Proposed Rule
Attend ACR Virtual Town Hall on Medicare Cuts
Attend the Virtual Annual Quality and Safety Conference
Check Your Practice’s Mandatory RO Model Participation Status
Cures Act Sec. 4004 Information Blocking Implementation Likely Delayed
Help Patients "Return to Mammography Care" with New ACR Toolkit
MACPAC Discusses COVID-19 Impact on Medicaid

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In the Sept 26, 2020 Issue

ACR, Others Implore Caution in FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Development
ACR Joins ASTRO in Urging CMS, Congress for Changes to RO Model
CMS Provides Guidance to Medicaid Programs
Take Action Now on E/M Cuts

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In the Sept 19, 2020 Issue

CMS Releases Inpatient Final Rule
NRC Seeks Feedback on Extravasation Petition for Rulemaking
PTAC Deliberates on Payment Models, Discusses Telehealth

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In the Sept 12, 2020 Issue

ACR Bulletin Launches PHM Podcast
HOP Panel Makes Recommendations to CMS
MedPAC Discusses Medicare Trust Fund, COVID-19 and Telehealth Expansion
New CPT Code to Report Additional Costs Incurred Due to COVID-19
RADPAC/RAN 101 – Why Advocacy Matters

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In the Sept 5, 2020 Issue

States Deliberate Out-Of-Network Billing Legislation
Take Action to Prevent E/M Reimbursement Reduction

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In the August 29, 2020 Issue

Join the Webinar: 2020 MIPS Participation Using the NRDR QCDR
ACR Continues to Fight Reimbursement Cuts in MPFS Proposed Rule
Impact Tables Show Code Level Effects of E/M Updates
National Mammography Database Webinars Now Available On-Demand
Puerto Rico Passes Out-of-Network Billing Law

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In the August 22, 2020 Issue

ACR Continues to Fight Reimbursement Cuts in MPFS Proposed Rule
ACR Provides Detailed Summary of the MPFS Proposed Rule
Act Now to Protect Patient Information in Medical Presentations Posted Online
Repayment for Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments to Begin
States Consider Out-of-Network Billing and Scope of Practice

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In the August 15, 2020 Issue

2019 MIPS Scores Now Available
ACR Provides Detailed Summary of HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Requests Feedback on Diagnostic Imaging Measures
ACR Working to Mitigate Reimbursement Cuts in MPFS Proposed Rule
California Advances Scope of Practice Bill
CMS Extends Educational and Operations Testing Period for Appropriate Use Criteria Consultation
Congressman Rush Requests E/M Budget Neutrality Waiver

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In the August 8, 2020 Issue

3D Printing Registry Begins Collecting Data
ACR Comments on Draft USPSTF Recommendations for Lung Cancer Screening
ACR Members Show Strong Support for AMA #MaskUp Campaign
ACR Urges CMMI to Modify Proposed RO Model Due to COVID-19
HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid and Other Medicare Providers
Massachusetts and Virginia Advance Out-Of-Network Billing Requirements
Texas Department of Insurance Issues Preliminary Report on IDR Process

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In the August 1, 2020 Issue

ACR Joins Coalition to Urge Patients to 'Return to Care'
ACR Urges Congress to Consider Surprise Billing Separately from COVID-19 Relief
Closing the Loop Stakeholder Survey Garners Strong Response
HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration
Nebraska Enacts Out-Of-Network Billing Legislation

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In the July 25, 2020 Issue

ACR, Other Groups Encourage Governors to Ensure Access to Imaging
ACR DSI Publishes AI Use Cases on Protecting Patients During COVID-19
Upcoming ‘Ethics of AI’ Panel to Feature ACR DSI Senior Scientist J. Raymond Geis, MD
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on MQSA Appeals Process
New Telehealth Impact Survey Seeks Physician Input
State Legislative Update: Out-of-Network Billing, Scope of Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals Decision to Allow Site-Neutral Payment Reduction

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In the July 18, 2020 Issue

ACR Launches Needle Biopsy of Lymph Nodes Survey
ACR Neiman Health Policy Institute Welcomes New Executive Director Elizabeth Rula, PhD
Ambitious Congressional Agenda Awaits Returning Lawmakers
HHS Announces $4 Billion in Additional Relief to Healthcare Providers
House Committee Moves to Raise NIH Funding, Highlights Lung Cancer Screening Efforts
Medicare Administrative Contractors Seek Comments on CT Perfusion Proposed LCD
Missouri Expands Coverage for Breast Cancer Screening
States Advance Out-Of-Network Billing, Enact Certificate of Need Legislation

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In the July 11, 2020 Issue

House Subcommittee Moves to Extend Delay on USPSTF Mammography Recommendations
Webinar: Policies and Strategies to Improve Lung Cancer Screening Rates
Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline Extended
States Consider Out-Of-Network Billing and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the July 4, 2020 Issue

ACR and RSNA Highlight Challenges to Future FDA Oversight of Autonomous AI
HHS Expects to Renew COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
States Advance Out-Of-Network Billing and Scope of Practice Bills
Pennsylvania Advances Two Measures Related to Diagnostic Imaging

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In the June 27, 2020 Issue

RLI Webinar Discusses How to Implement Bundles of Care Payment Models
ACR CAC Network Discusses Local Medicare Coverage Issues
ACR Opposes Relaxed NPP Supervision in CMS COVID-19 Interim Final Rule
Georgia and Massachusetts Aim to Revise Out-Of-Network Billing Rules
CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians in the 2020 MIPS Program

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In the June 20, 2020 Issue

2020 Conference on Quality & Safety: Call for Abstracts
ACR Seeks Broad Response to Incidental Findings Survey
Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Waive Budget Neutrality for Forthcoming E/M Policy
CMS Offers Details About Prior Authorization for Specific Procedures
MACPAC Report Asks Congress to Address Challenges Facing Medicaid
MedPAC Issues June 2020 Report to Congress
States Advance Out-Of-Network Billing and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the June 13, 2020 Issue

ACR Leads Broad Coalition Seeking Relief from Forthcoming E/M Policy
CMMI Updates Payment Model Flexibilities in Response to COVID-19
CMS Recommends How to Reopen for Non-Emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare
HHS Announces More Relief Funding for Medicaid and CHIP Providers
President Signs PPP Loan Flexibility Bill; ACR Updates Resources
States Assess OON Billing and Medical Whistleblower Legislation

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In the June 6, 2020 Issue

ACR Supports Temporary Flexibilities to Medicare Rules
ACR Uses Social Media to Keep the Spirit of Capitol Hill Day Alive
Medicare Contractor Expands ICD-10 Codes for Non-Invasive Vascular Studies to Treat COVID-19 Patients
Pennsylvania Considers Mandated Coverage for Breast MRI, Ultrasound

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In the May 30, 2020 Issue

ACR Medicaid Network Discusses COVID-19 Impacts
CMS Final Rule Strengthens Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs
Dr. Mary H. Scanlon Honored as ACR Advocate of the Year
States Advance Surprise Billing and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the May 23, 2020 Issue

AAWR Online Caucus Features Discussion of COVID-19 Impact on Women
ACR Presents Code Proposals at the May 2020 CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
CMS Issues Medicaid Managed Care COVID-19 Flexibilities
CMS Publishes Revised Medicare E/M Guidelines
CMS Updates Video on Medicare Coverage and Virtual Services Payments
McGinty Assesses ACR Strengths in a Perilous Time
Monticciolo Explores Essentials of Best Practices in President’s Speech
Outgoing Economics Commission Chair Discusses His Work for the ACR
State Legislatures Take Varied Approaches to Address Surprise Billing
Virtual Medicare CAC Meeting to Discuss Facet Joint and Medial Nerve Branch Procedures

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In the May 16, 2020 Issue

ACR Comments on Proposed Changes to NIOSH B Reader Program
CMS and HHS Assist Providers with Accelerated Payments and Relief Fund
E/M Policy Could Cut Medicare Imaging Payments by Nearly $770 Million
House Democrats Introduce $3 Trillion HEROES Act
States Legislatures Address High-Priority Imaging and COVID-19 Issues

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In the May 9, 2020 Issue

Cigna Responds to ACR Prior Authorization Request
CMS Gives Flexibilities and Guidance During COVID-19
McGinty to Keynote Virtual AIMed Radiology Meeting
States Introduce Scope of Practice and Surprise Billing Requirements
Virtual Medicare CAC Meeting to Discuss Facet Joint and Medial Nerve Branch Procedures
Your Practice Post-Peak COVID-19 Webinar Available on Demand

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In the May 2, 2020 Issue

ACR Outlines Legislative Priorities for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
ACR Urges CMS to Support Changes to PAMA and Mandatory AUC Use
ACR Asks Private Payers to Suspend Prior Authorization Requirements
CMS Releases Telehealth Toolkit for Medicaid and CHIP
CMS Suspends Advance Payment Program to Part B Suppliers
Congress Appropriates Funds to NIH for COVID-19 Research
Governors Sign Temporary Scope and Surprise Billing Measures
HIPAA Enforcement Discretion Possible for Telehealth Services
New ACR DSI Pandemic AI Response Community Joins the COVID-19 Battle
NRC Regulatory Relief for Medical Use Licensees During COVID-19 Pandemic
Stay Informed with the ACR’s COVID-19 Resources

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In the April 25, 2020 Issue

ACR DSI Publishes COVID-19 Chest Radiograph Use Case for AI Research
ACR Seeks to Reverse Negative Effects of Medicare E/M Code Revaluation
CMS and ONC Interoperability Rules to be Published May 1
CMS Issues Recommendations for Reopening Health Care Systems
CMS Urges Medicare Advantage Plans to Waive Prior Authorization
Congress Poised to Pass Additional Stimulus Package
Governors Sign More Temporary Measures Affecting Radiology Practices
HHS Announces More Allocations of CARES Act Provider Relief Funding
State Chapters Urged to Ask Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians
TMIST Trial Enrollment Reaches 25,000 Patient Milestone

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In the April 18, 2020 Issue

ACR Offers COVID-19 Relief Recommendations to NRC
ACR Submits Comments on FDA Oversight of Extended Reality Devices
Additional Treasury Programs: Emergency Relief and Taxpayer Protections
AMA Approves CPT Codes for COVID-19 Antibody Testing
CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance in MLN for Medicare FFS Providers
CMS Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for QPP
FCC Launches Telehealth Funding for Health Care Providers
HHS Outlines Relief Fund Payment Terms and Conditions
HHS Relief Fund Payment Terms and Conditions
Organized Medicine Recommends Next-Step Policies for Congress
Out-of-Network-Legislation Signed into Law in Virginia

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In the April 11, 2020 Issue

ACR, AMA and Other Societies Ask HHS for Immediate Financial Aid
ACR Asks CMS for Revision to Treating Physician Rule
ACR Comments on Draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
ACR Summarizes CMS COVID-19 Interim Final Rule for Radiologists
CMS Announces New Deadlines, Hardship Relief Provisions for MIPS
CMS Expands Scope of Practice for Physician Assistants, APRNs
COVID-19 Radiology Leadership Resources from the ACR
Employee Retention Tax Credit Available to Radiology Practices
MedPAC Votes to Support ACO Assignment Recommendation to HHS Secretary
NIH Extends Grant Application Deadlines Due to Coronavirus
Despite Longstanding Objections, Oregon Expands Fluoroscopy Scope of Practice for APRNs

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In the March 28, 2020 Issue

ACR Asks for Delayed Radiation Oncology Model Implementation
ACR Updates COVID-19 Radiology Resources: Guidance from FDA, New Statements
CMS Grants Extended Deadline and Relief for 2019 MIPS Clinicians
Congress Passes Legislation to Fight COVID-19, Stimulate the Economy
Governors Sign Surprise Billing and Scope of Practice Legislation into Law
Radiology Societies Urge President to Speed PPE Resupply
States Take Actions to Combat Unique Coronavirus Pandemic

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In the March 21, 2020 Issue

ACR Submits Comments to OMB on Guidance for AI Regulations
AMA Announces New CPT Code To Report Coronavirus Test
CMS Deletes NCCI PTP Edit for Intercostal Nerve Injection
MACPAC Releases March 2020 Report on Medicaid and CHIP to Congress
Medical Societies Ask Congress to Delay E/M Code Proposal
MedPAC Report Policy Proposals Would Impact Radiology Payments
Out-Of-Network Billing Legislation Proceeds in Seven States

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In the March 14, 2020 Issue

ACR DSI Publishes AI Use Case on COVID-19
JACR Reports What Radiologists Need to Know About COVID-19 Pneumonia
MedPAC Chairman Drafts Recommendation to Define ACOs by NPIs
New Webinar Answers Questions About the 2020 Quality Payment Program
Nine States Consider Expanded Scope of Practice
ONC and CMS Release Final Rules on Interoperability, Info-Blocking

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In the March 7, 2020 Issue

ACR Asks NRC to Oppose Revising AU T&E Standards for Unsealed Materials
Application Deadline Nears for RLI Resident and Fellow Scholarships
CMS Quality Conference Showcases ACR’s Approach to Value-Based Care
Physician Groups Urge Balanced Solution to End “Surprise” Medical Bills
“Surprise Billing” Legislation Moves Ahead in Nine States

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In the February 29, 2020 Issue

ACR Announces 2020 Hillman Fellow in Scholarly Publishing
ACR Leaders Participate in FDA Workshop on AI in Radiological Imaging
ACR Submits Comments on APC Placement of New CPT Codes
CT Colonography Webinar on Resources, Coverage and Coding
Early Adopters Sought to Use New GRID Measures
Lung Cancer Screening Symposiums Coming to Denver and Chicago in May
States Advance Surprise Billing and Breast Cancer Screening Legislation

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In the February 22, 2020 Issue

ACR, RHA Host Free Webinar for Physicians to Counsel Patients to Quit Tobacco
Cigna Announces Site of Care Coverage Policy for High-tech Imaging
NIOSH Proposes Changes to Coal Workers’ Health B Reader Program
State Legislatures Consider Expanded Scope of Practice Provisions

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In the February 15, 2020 Issue

ACR Commends House Ways and Means for Equitable Solution for “Surprise” Medical Bills
ACR Proposes to Delete Ultrasound Code 76970; SIR Advisor Honored at AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Rule Changes
President’s Budget Calls for Wide-Ranging Health Care Funding Cuts
States Push Forward Surprise Billing Legislation
Two House Committees Make Progress Toward Federal Surprise Billing Solution

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In the February 8, 2020 Issue

ACR Announces Two Morin Medical Physics Fellows for 2020
ACR Invites Applications for Medical Physics Travel Scholarship
ACR Urges HHS to Promote LCS in Anti-Smoking Public Health Campaigns
Pediatric ED Physicians Optimistic About Software-Based Clinical Decision Support
Scope of Practice and Surprise Billing Draw State Legislative Attention

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In the February 1, 2020 Issue

ACR Seeks Experts for Incidental Findings Quality Measurement Project
AMA Issues Coding Guidance on 2021 E/M Changes
New MIPS Webinar for 2019 and 2020 QCDR Users Now Available Online
Out-Of-Network Billing Provisions Move Forward in Nine States
RADPAC Monitors Primaries for Clues to Future Health Care Policies

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In the January 25, 2020 Issue

ACR Addresses Five Code Families at January 2020 RUC Meeting
FDA Reclassifies Certain Devices to Streamline Clearance Process
MedPAC Recommends Updated Medicare Base Payment Rates for Hospitals and Physicians
NRC Staff Recommends Revised Authorized User T&E Rules for Unsealed Materials
Are You Prepared for RAC Audits in 2020?
RADPAC Contributions Hit Million Dollar Mark Again in 2019
States Advance Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the January 18 2020 Issue

Keep ACR Strong in the AMA House of Delegates
ACR Expresses Concerns About Weakened Supervision Standards for NPPs
CMS Issues Additional Guidance for PAMA Appropriate Use Criteria
States Consider Legislation to Address Out-of-Network Medical Expenses

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In the January 11, 2020 Issue

ACR Seeks Experts to Develop Measure for Incidental Findings Management
Medicare AUC Mandate Enters Educational and Operations Testing Period
NCD ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Changes Announced for April 2020 Update
New CMS Listening Sessions to Gauge Provider Views on FFS Medicare Issues
NRC Publishes 10th Guidance Revision for Y-90 Microspheres
NRDR Approved as Qualified Data Registry for MIPS Reporting in 2020
President Signs Spending Bills Covering Future Medical Research

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