Advocacy In Action eNews

Weekly updates on economic, regulatory and legislative activities affecting radiology

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FDA Draft Guidance Clarifies CDS Software Oversight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, 2016 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
Did You Forget to Reply to CEUltrasound Survey
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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In the February 24 2017 Issue

CMS Denies Appeal of NCCI Edit Guidelines in 2017 Manual
CMS Officials Share SAMMIE Award Honors With ACR
House Releases Obamacare Repeal Policy Brief
No Unanimity for State Coverage Mandates
Updated ACR FAQs Aid NEMA XR29 Compliance

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In the February 17 2017 Issue

CMS Head Nominee Answers Senate Panel Questions
House Conservatives Take Hard Line on PPACA Repeal
Medicare Clarifies LCS Coverage Rules for IDTFs
State Breast Density Reporting Laws Proliferate

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In the February 10 2017 Issue

ACR Signs Letter Supporting 34 1 Billion for NIH
ACR Works to Preserve Fair Mammography Payments
Attestation Deadline Extended for MU Participants
CPT Editorial Panel Initiates 2019 Code Cycle
Feds Respond to Trumps Regulation Cutting Order
Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary
States Consider Mandated DBT Coverage

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In the February 03 2017 Issue

CMS Open Payments System Now Available
Congress Initiates DualTrack IPAB Repeal Effort
Prices HHS Nomination Advances Despite Theatrics
States Seeking to Expand Imaging Scope of Practice
Tighter Security Considered for Some Category 3 Sources

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In the January 20 2017 Issue

ACR Presents Seven Codes at January RUC Meeting
ACR Responds to 2017 NCCI Policy Manual Updates
Price Completes HELP Courtesy Confirmation Hearing
MedPAC Targets Specialty Reimbursement
ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Aids Collaboration

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In the January 13 2017 Issue

ACR Assesses Proposed MIPS Patient Relationship Categories and Codes
CMS Seeks MIPS-Eligible Clinicians for Study
Key US House Committees Announce New Members
Senate Takes First Step at Dismantling Obamacare
US Access Board Sets Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

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In the January 06 2017 Issue

ACR Clarifies ACI Options in MIPS
ACR Expresses Concerns about 2017 HOPPS Final Rule
ACR Leads Opposition to Lung Cancer Screening Cuts
ACR to CMS Implement Decision Support as Planned
CMS Publishes Episode Payment Model Final Rule
CMS to Correct Errors to NCCI Sedation Code Edits
Health Care Reform Tops Agenda for New Congress
Member Support in 2016 Leads to RADPAC Success
States Gear Up for New Legislative Sessions

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In the December 23 2016 Issue

ACR Finds Flexibility in MACRA Final Rule
ACR Posts Nov Dec 2016 ACR Radiology Coding Source
CMS Summarizes 2017 MPFS Policy Changes
IDEAS Study Tops 6500 Participants

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In the December 16 2016 Issue

ACR SIR Add Data Tools to Clinical IR Toolkit
ACR Supports More Expert Input for PFPM Designs
Get MACRA Ready With JACR Collection
State Legislatures PreFile Bills for 2017 Sessions
VA Rule Denies Imaging Privileges for APRNs

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In the December 09 2016 Issue

10 Lessons Youll Learn at the ACRRBMA Practice Leaders Forum
CMS Defers Reconsideration of CTC Coverage
Congress Prepares for Continuing Resolution Vote
Onerous Telemedicine Provisions Stripped From NDAA
Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Act

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In the December 02 2016 Issue

ACR Delivers MACRA Lessons to RSNA Meeting
ACR Releases Detailed 2017 MPFS Impact Tables
ACR SIR Tools Help IRs Show Clinical IR Value
ACR Small and Rural Practice Commission Expanded to Include Emergency Radiology
House Passes Revamped 21st Century Cures Act
Massachusetts to Overhaul Its Medicaid Program
Pelosi Survives House Leadership Challenge
Picus Appointed to AMA CPT Editorial Panel

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In the November 18 2016 Issue

ACR Finds Huge Rate Cuts in Medicare Final Rules
Kazerooni Takes Part in National Cancer Policy Forum LCS Workshop
Lawmakers Select Leaders for 115th Congress
OIG Work Plan Excludes Longstanding Imaging Audit
Slim Legislative Agenda Expected for LameDuck Congress
ood Timing Assists ACR MACR Lectures at RSNA

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In the November 11 2016 Issue

CMS Sets Aside Bundled Mammography With CAD CPT Codes for HCPCS Codes
College Assesses Impact of 2017 HOPPS Final Rule
HOPPS Final Rule Alters Lung Screening Payments
RADPAC Racks up Victories in 2016 Election

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In the November 04 2016 Issue

ACR Gears Up for January 2017 RUC Cycle
ACR Hosts Radiation Control Directors Meeting
Finance Committee Drafts Chronic Care Legislation
UnitedHealthcare Announces Reduced MPPR Discount
Webinar to Teach Mastering PubMed Search Engine

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In the October 28 2016 Issue

ACR Call to Action Supports Increased NIH Funding
HCPLAN Summit Offers Insights into MACRA Rule
ew ACR Coding Source Lists 2017 CPT Codes

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In the October 21 2016 Issue

ACR Expert Selected for CMS Quality Measurement Development Panel
ACR Issues Radiology Specific Summary of MACRA Final Rule
ACR Pisano Attends White House Cancer Moonshot Event
Solutions to Surprise Bills Probed by White Paper

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In the October 14 2016 Issue

ACR Presents 22 Codes at RUC Meeting
Clinicians May Preview Provider Performance Scores
NRC Continues Review for Part 35 Regulatory Update
Senate Letter Opposes Site Neutral Payment Policy

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In the October 07 2016 Issue

ACR Proposes New CPT Codes at CPTHCPAC Meeting
Congressmen Express Opposition to CMMI
MACs Get Tough on Unspecific ICD 10 Claims
RADPACs Annual RADTOBERFEST Returns

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In the September 30 2016 Issue

ACR Inquiry Spurs Remedy for Mammo Payment Denials
Category III Code Set for PeriProstatic Material
Continuing Resolution Keeps Government Running
date Contrast Ultrasound Billing Code

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In the September 23 2016 Issue

AAFP Submits Blunt Comments on Physician Fees
FDA Launches EQUIP Mammography Quality Initiative
Feds Add Teeth to Clinical Trial Data Sharing Rules
Opt In for State Legislative Updates
PTAC Establishes Review Process Timeline

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In the September 16 2016 Issue

ACR Participates in NCCRT Links of Care Meeting
Cancer Moonshot Would Boost Metabolic PET Imaging
CMS Reduces Risks for MACRA Reporting Penalties
MedPAC Explores Misvalued Clinician Services
Report Finds Short Term Risk for Tc 99m Supply Disruptions

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In the September 09 2016 Issue

ACR Stresses AUC Start Date in MPFS Rule Comments
ACR Voices Concerns About HOPPS Proposed Rule
UnitedHealthcare to Cut MPPR Discount Rate

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In the August 12 2016 Issue

ACR Advocates for Breast Tomosynthesis Coverage
ACR Patient Groups to Medicare Cover CTC
ACR Receives ABR SAM Deemed Status Renewal
ACR to Comment on MACRA Patient Relationship Categories
CMS Initiative Recognizes Radiology Value Program
Join RSCAN Webinar Moving to Valuebased Imaging
More Challenges Lie Ahead for ICD10 Coding
Radiologist Job Opportunities Continue to Increase
Venous Care Coalition Questions Tech Assessment

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In the August 05 2016 Issue

ACR Joins AMA Opposition to Expanded APRN Privileges
ACR Supports Preventive Health Savings Act
CTC Screening Proposed as New HEDIS Measure
RADPAC Draws Attention at National Conventions

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In the July 29 2016 Issue

ACR Members Appointed to Key CMS MACRA Committee
ACR Opposes Federal Legislation to Override Telemedicine State Licensure Laws
LDCT HCPCS Code S8032 To Be Deleted
Thousands Respond to Call to Action Against VA Proposal

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In the July 22 2016 Issue

ACR Finds Mixed Impacts in 2017 MPFS Proposed Rule
ACR Responds to Key State Legislative Initiatives
ACR Tells VA No Imaging by CNPs
Fine Needle Aspiration NCCI Edits Reversed after MultiSociety Appeal
Only Radiology Achieves Gender Wage Parity
Possible Third Year for USPSTF Guideline Moratorium

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In the July 15 2016 Issue

ACR Offers Detailed HOPPS Proposed Rule Summary
ACR Outlines MPFS Proposed Rule Radiology Impact
RADPAC Supports Radiology Friendly Candidates
Slavitt Testimony Explores MACRA Implementation

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In the July 08 2016 Issue

ACR Advocacy Enhances Radiologys Value

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In the July 01 2016 Issue

ACRs Pisano Sees Opportunities in Cancer Moonshot

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In the June 24 2016 Issue

ACR Responds to CMS on MACRA
ESR ACR Global Summit Defines Quality and Safety Priorities
Radiologists Appointed to MedCAC
Republicans Release Details on Obamacare Alternative

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In the June 17 2016 Issue

ACR Launches Eight New RUC Surveys
Bill Expands SiteNeutral Payment Exemptions
Clinicians Learn about RSCAN at AMA Annual Meeting
Senate Spending Bill Bolsters Health Research

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In the June 10 2016 Issue

Congress Considers Womens Lung Cancer Legislation
Connecticut Radiologists Honor ACRs Brandt
States Debate Prior Authorization Controls
Successful Coping with MACRA Linked to Metrics

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In the June 03 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 Focuses on the Patient Experience
ACR Assesses MACRA Proposed Rules Impact on Small and Rural Practices
ACR Engages CMS at MACRA Briefing
ACR Opposes VA Nurses Practicing Radiology
Radiologist Assistant Legislation Introduced in the Senate
Senate HELP Committee Engages in ACR Hill Day Issue
Vermont Adopts Breast Density Notifications

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In the May 27 2016 Issue

pecial Awards Recognize ACR Economic Leaders
ACR Announces Changes to RUC and CPT Advisory Teams
ACR Honors Rep Marsha Blackburn
ACR Proposes Updates at CPT Editorial Panel
Advocacy Network Twitter Picture Winners Announced
MACRAs Impact Seen on ACR 2016 Twitter Feed
Monticciolo Participates in Congressional Breast Cancer Briefing
Radiologist Take to Capitol Hill
RADPAC Working Hard for the Money
South Carolina Adopts Breast Density Disclosure

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In the May 13 2016 Issue

ACR Invites Applications for Moorefield Fellowship
ACR Issues Analysis of Proposed MACRA MIPS Rule
Breast Cancer Screening Sparks a Racial Divide
Connecticut Lawmakers Approve DBT Option
ays and Means Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on MACRA Implementation

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In the May 06 2016 Issue

ACR Highlights Anticipated 2017 CPT Code Changes
ACR Offers Basic Outline on MIPS APM Proposed Rule
ACR Requests Anthem Coverage of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
ACR Survey Informs April 2016 RUC Meeting Recommendations
Hawaii Prior Authorization Bill Dies in Conference Committee
PTAC Seeks Public Comment on PFPM
Speaker Ryan Budget

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In the April 29 2016 Issue

ACR Urges Program Intensity Enhancements Rule Changes
Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Spring Summit
HHS Meeting Discusses Out Of Network Charges
House Health Subcommittee Convenes MACRA Hearing
The Politics Behind the Enactment of MACRA

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In the April 22 2016 Issue

A Post SGR Guide to New Value based and Quality based Reimbursement Models
CMMI Implements Sweeping Primary Care Payment Reforms
CMS Seeks Input on Patient Relationship Categories for MACRA Programs
CMS to Modify PTP NCCI Indicator for Scoliosis Evaluation
Out of Network Benefits and Surprise Medical Bills

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In the April 15 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 Focuses on Residents Fellows and Young Radiologists
ACR Participates in Radioactive Sources Security Workshop
CMMI Implements Sweeping Primary Care Payment Reforms
FRS Assesses Why Florida Restricted Balance Billing
Hawaii Senate Passes Bill Setting Preauthorization Standards
MedPAC Discusses Clinical Decision Support for Reducing Low Value Care
Voice of Radiology Even Louder in 2016

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In the April 08 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 to Offer Varied Clinical Learning Options
ACR Pushes for Medicare CT Colonography Coverage
CMS Webinar to Cover Open Payment Data Reviews
RADPAC March Madness Scores Again
Senate Panel Clears Biomedical Innovation Bills

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In the April 01 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 to Explore Patient and Family Focused Radiology
CMS Prepares to Release APM MIPS Proposed Rule
Medicare Integrity Rule Would Increase Disclosures
NCCI to Delete Disputed Coding Edits

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In the March 25 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 Preview Economic Forum Eyes the Future
ACR Resources Assist State Advocacy Efforts
Budget and Appropriations Battle Simmers in House
CT Colonography Featured During Colon Cancer Month
Free Webinar Using AHRQs Decision Aid for Lung Cancer Screening
House Roundtable Initiates Head Injury Review
Use New CTC Video Brochure to Raise Awareness

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In the March 18 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 Clinical Research Lessons for Every Radiologist
ACR Declares Call to Action for CTC Legislation
ACR Launches All Surveys for April 2016 RUC Cycle
ACR Members Appointed to MEDCAC
Caution Needed to Combat Scope of Practice Expansion
CMS Accepts Round 2 Next Generation ACO Applications
House Hearing Explores MACRA Implementation
Lung Cancer Screening Webinar Posted for Online Viewing

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In the March 11 2016 Issue

ACR Begins April 2016 RUC Survey Cycle
ACR Supports Pending NRC Rule for Alpha and Beta Emitter Use
Coding Revisions Affect LCS and Radiation Therapy Billing
Hawaiian Radiologists Battle Against Prior Authorization
HHS Surpasses Value Based Payment Goals
House Bill Would Create FDA Breakthrough Pathway

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In the March 04 2016 Issue

ACR 2016 Quality and Safety Pathway Anticipates Demands of Value Driven Health Care
ACR and CMS Discuss Clinical Practice Improvement Activities
MediCal Again Covers Screening Mammo at 40
RADPAC Tips off March Madness Contest

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In the February 26 2016 Issue

ACR Responds to the CMS RFI for Medicare Administrative Contractor Awards
Lung Cancer Screening Webinar Geared to Private Payers
Online Lectures Address Residents Quality Project Requirement
RSCAN Prepares Radiologists for Value Based Imaging
Survey
Take Part in Physician Foundation Survey to Inform Medical Policy

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In the February 19 2016 Issue

ACR Cosigns Coalition Letter Opposing Site Neutral Payment Policy
Deadlines Approach for MU Participants and Certain Non Participants
Informatics Expands Radiology Horizons at ACR 2016
Providers Required to Refund Medicare Overpayments
State Legislations Propose Limits on Balance Billing

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In the February 12 2016 Issue

ACR Proposals Presented at CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
Hawaii Radiologists Fight Insurance Rule With Neiman Almanac Data
Kinevac Supply Situation Improves
Maryland Radiation Board Evaluates Reporting Requirements
Senate Committee Reviews Biomedical Innovations Bills
White House Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal

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In the February 05 2016 Issue

ACR CPT Advisor Earns Gordon Memorial Award
PTAC Reviews Proposed Physician Focused Payment Models
Schatz Introduces Bipartisan Telemedicine Legislation
State Legislatures Address Varied Self Referral Proposals
Updated ACR Lung Cancer Screening FAQs Clarify Who Can Perform Consultative Visits

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In the January 29 2016 Issue

ACR Updates XR29 Standard FAQs
Opposition Grows Against Nomination for FDA Chief
States Consider Expanded Cancer Screening Options

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In the January 27 2016 Issue

15 States Consider Balance Billing Legislation
ACR Urges NRC to Accept Advanced Tech Dosimeters
Number of Radiologists per 1000 People Increases Nationwide
Price Endures Lengthy Confirmation Hearing

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In the January 22 2016 Issue

Senate Committee Adjusts Strategy to Advance Innovations Bill
ACR Recommends Values for CPT Codes to RUC Panel
ACR to Appeal Inappropriate 2016 RadiologyRadiation Oncology NCCI Edits
ACRRBMA Practice Leaders Forum Stresses Collaboration
CMS to Revise New HipPelvis NCCI Edits
MedPAC Develops Principles for Eligible Alternative Payment Entities
State Legislature Consider Certificate of Need Repeals
Washington Post Letter to Editor Supports Mammography

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In the January 15 2016 Issue

ACR Revises Lung Cancer Screening FAQs
ACR Urges Private Payers to Align MPPR Policies with Congressional Action
CMS Announces New ACO Participants
Deadlines Set for PQRS Data Submission

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In the January 08 2016 Issue

ACR Submits Comments on the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
Big Legislative Wins for Radiology and Medicine in 2015
CMS Implements Controversial Radiotherapy Code Edits
CMS Issues Quality Measure Development Plan
CMS Smart Dose Rules Now in Effect Updated FAQs Offer Guidance
President Expected to Veto Bill to Repeal Obamacare
RSCAN Prepares Radiologists for Future Practice
State Legislatures Address Key Imaging issues
The Voice of Radiology Was Louder than Ever in 2015
Ways and Means Democrat Announces Retirement

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ACR Radiology Coding Source Sept-Oct 2015

Bone Mass Measurement NCD (150.3) Change Announced by CMS

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