Advocacy In Action eNews

Weekly updates on economic, regulatory and legislative activities affecting radiology

In the Dec. 3, 2022 Issue

CMS Releases NCCI Update
Successful Texas Resident Advocacy Series Paves Way for the Future

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In the Nov. 19, 2022 Issue

2022 State Elections See Changes in the States
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of 2023 Medicare HOPPS
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
ACR Urges Congress to Address Physician Payment Cuts and Clinical Labor Policy
NIH Continues to Expand DEI Efforts Through New Grants
No Surprises Act Legal Update: The Government Files Back

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In the Nov. 12, 2022 Issue

ACR Advocates for NIH Funding Increases
ACR Seeking Member Input on Surprise Billing Independent Dispute Resolution Experiences
ACR Spotlights Lung Cancer Screening FAQ During Monthly Observance
ACRA Scope of Practice Grant Applications Still Being Accepted on a Rolling Emergency Basis
CMS Details SaaS Add-On Code Reimbursement in CY 2023 HOPPS ASC Final Rule
CPT 2023 Code Changes and Early Release Category III Codes
Senators Urge Leadership to Address Impending Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

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In the Nov. 5, 2022 Issue

MACPAC Discusses End of Public Health Emergency
UT-Austin Residents Learn About Becoming Involved in Advocacy

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In the Oct. 29, 2022 Issue

ACR Government Relations Webinar Focuses on 2022 State Legislative Activity
ACR Members Encouraged to Submit Comments About Coverage With Evidence Development Requirements
ACR Seeks Responses to Dorsal Sacroiliac Joint Arthrodesis RUC Survey
Deadline Approaching to Apply for the ACRA Scope of Practice Grant
Exercise Your Right — VOTE!
FDA Proposes to Leverage Breakthrough Devices Program to Help Address Disparities

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In the Oct. 22, 2022 Issue

ACR Launches Time-Sensitive January 2023 RUC Survey
ACRA Offers Tools to Help State Radiological Chapters Battle Scope of Practice
HHS Again Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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In the Oct. 15, 2022 Issue

ACR Staff Trains Baylor Residents About the Importance of Professional Advocacy
Deadline Approaching for 2021 Medicare Incentive Program Targeted Review
Expanded Breast Cancer Screening Bill Becomes Law in Ohio
Study Finds Racial Disparities in Access to New Mammography Technology

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In the Oct. 8, 2022 Issue

ACR Provides Input for HHS Proposal Regarding Nondiscrimination During AI Use
ACR Staff Speaks With Houston Methodist Hospital Residents About the Importance of Advocacy
Applications Open for ACR Improvement Collaboratives
Call to Action: Urge Your US House Member to Co-Sponsor HR 8800
GAO, NAM Release Two-Part Report on AI for Medical Diagnostics
HHS Information Blocking Rule Expansion Includes Most ePHI
Medicare Administrative Contractors Seek Comments on Sacroiliac Joint Injections and Procedures
MedPAC Meeting Focuses on Safety Net Providers and Telehealth Expansion
Screening Centers Asked To Open Doors, Extend Access to LCS Services on Nov. 12
State Radiological Chapters Encouraged to Apply for a Scope of Practice Grant

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In the Oct. 1, 2022 Issue

ACR Comments on the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
ACR Presents at September RUC Meeting
ACR Presents Code Proposals at September CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
ACR Provides Input to NIH on Pediatric Radiology AI
ACR Submits Comments on the 2023 HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Updates Information Blocking Resource Center
ACR Participates in Virtual Advocacy Presentation for Residents
CMS Issues ICD-10 Revisions to NCDs Relevant to Radiology
FDA Releases New Digital Health Policy Resources
Legislation to Neutralize Medicare Payment Cuts Introduced
Register Now: State Legislative Update Webinar

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In the Sept. 3, 2022 Issue

2021 MIPS Targeted Review Deadline Approaching
CMS Indefinitely Delays RO Model
Federal Agencies Prompted to Improve Access to Federally Funded Research
State Radiological Chapters Encouraged to Apply for SOP Grant
US Government Issues Final Rules for Surprise Billing

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In the Aug. 27, 2022 Issue

Looking Toward 2023: State Legislative Scope of Practice Activities

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In the Aug. 20, 2022 Issue

ACR Leadership Presents in HHS Speaker Series
MIPS Small Practice Resources Now Available
Report Insurer Attempts to Cancel Contracts and/or Lower Reimbursement
State Roundup — Network Adequacy Proposed Rulemaking

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In the Aug. 13, 2022 Issue

ACR Participates in AMA State Advocacy Summit
ACR Releases Detailed Summary of FY 2023 IPPS Final Rule
Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
President Announces Intent to Appoint Bertagnolli as NCI Director

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In the Aug. 6, 2022 Issue

ACR Welcomes New Chair of State Government Relations Committee
Recording of Advocacy Boot Camp Webinar Now Available for Credit
US Senate Committee on Appropriations Releases Labor-HHS Draft Spending Bill

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In the July 30, 2022 Issue

ACR Provides Detailed Summary of 2023 HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Signs AMA Statement on Impactful Court Case
ACR-Led Coalition Urges Congressional Action to Mitigate Drastic Medicare Pay Cuts
ACR-Supported Prior Authorization Legislation Advances in US House
Impact Tables Show Potential Cuts to Specific Imaging Services
Journal of the American College of Radiology Again Realizes Increase in Latest Impact Factor Ranking
State Scope of Practice Legislation Expected to Increase in 2023

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In the July 23, 2022 Issue

ACR Provides Detailed Summary of 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
2022 ACR Quality and Safety Conference: Abstract Deadline Extended
ACR Reiterates Call for Additional GME Residency Slots
ACR Releases Radiology-Specific Summary of HOPPS Proposed Rule
ACR Scope of Practice Website Updated

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In the July 16, 2022 Issue

ACR Submits Comments to CMS Coverage Group About Beta Amyloid PET
CMS Further Delays Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Program
FDA Allows US Providers to Buy Bayer Foreign-Labeled Contrast Media
FDA Approves Temporary Importation of Bracco Iomeprol Injection
Focus on Scope: State Chapters Can Benefit From ACRA Scope of Practice Fund

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In the July 9, 2022 Issue

2021 MIPS Final Score Preview Now Available
ACR Releases Preliminary Radiology-Specific Summary of Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
House Appropriations Committee Proposes Increased NIH Funding in Labor-HHS Bill
Learn How to Advocate for Your Patients on July 14
Register for the Federated Learning Breast Density Challenge

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In the July 2, 2022 Issue

ACR Launches RUC Survey About Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access
ACR Staff Speak to Radiology Residents About the Importance of Advocacy
CMS Denies ACR Request to Expand Medicare Coverage of CTC
NAM Removes Scope of Practice Provision From Draft Report on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

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In the June 25, 2022 Issue

ACR Submits Official Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule
CMS Provides APM Performance Pathways Updates
CMS Reopens NCD for Beta Amyloid PET in Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease
MACPAC Report to Congress Focuses on Transparency for Provider-Level Data
MedPAC Suggests Payment Streamlining in June Report to Congress

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In the June 18, 2022 Issue

ACR Participates in June AMA Scope of Practice Summit
FDA Convenes Workshop on Building Medical Device Supply Chain Resilience
Webinar Registration Now Open: Learn How to Advocate For Your Patients
PTAC Discusses Total Cost of Care Models

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In the June 11, 2022 Issue

Watch Now: New 2022 MIPS Webinar for QCDR Users
ACR Members Provide Strong Response to Federal Scope of Practice Legislation Call to Action
ACR Provides Comments on Radiation Oncology Model Indefinite Delay
ACR Encourages State Chapters to Apply for the Scope of Practice Fund

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In the June 4, 2022 Issue

2022 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Applications Due Dec. 31
ACR Submits Letter to NAM About Draft Report on Clinician Well-Being/Resilience
ACRA Radiology Advocacy Network Announces Summer Plans
North Carolina General Assembly Debates Scope of Practice Legislation
UnitedHealthcare Offers Prior Authorization Flexibility

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In the May 28, 2022 Issue

ACR and RBMA Ask Payers for Prior Authorization Flexibility Due to Contrast Media Shortage
ACR Presents at CRCPD Annual Conference
ACR Recognizes the Achievements of the State Government Relations Committee and What Lies Ahead
ACR Submits Three New Measures into the Federal Pre-Rulemaking Process
FDA Updates Contrast Shortage Posting to Include Estimated Shortage Duration
New York Scope of Practice Bill Introduced

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In the May 21, 2022 Issue

ACR CAC Network Meets to Address Local Coverage Policies
ACR Presents Two CPT Code Proposals
ACR Works With Federal Government to Help Address Contrast Shortage Issues
Advocacy Spotlight: Dr. Gregg Bogost Shines Light on Wisconsin Scope Battles
Register Now to Attend 2022 MIPS Webinar for QCDR Users

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In the May 14, 2022 Issue

ACR 2022 Presidential Address with Beverly Coleman, MD, FACR
CMS Releases Hospital Inpatient Payment System Proposed Rule
COVID-19 Deep Learning Model Validated on ACR AI-LAB
Radiology Advocacy Network Chair Creates RAN Board
State Legislative Roundup: Scope of Practice Bills in Louisiana and New Hampshire
Transformational Leadership Highlighted at ACR 2022 Moreton Lecture

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In the May 7, 2022 Issue

ACR 2022 Attendees Learn How to Build Advocacy in Their State
ACR Attends First In-Person RUC Meeting in Two Years
CMS Releases Instructions to Implement Lung Cancer Screening Policy
CMS Reweighting 2021 MIPS Cost Performance Category
Dr. Tilden Childs Receives Radiology Advocacy Network Advocate of the Year Award

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In the April 23, 2022 Issue

CMS Opens Independent Dispute Resolution Portal for Surprise Billing Disputes
CMS Releases Hospital Inpatient Payment System Proposed Rule
Radiology Advocacy Network Ushers in New Era With Leadership Change
WI Governor Vetoes Dangerous Scope Bill, KS and NY Enact Scope Expansion

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In the April 16, 2022 Issue

CMS Releases Final Medicare Coverage Policy for Antibodies Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Learn about Cybersecurity and Its Impacts on Radiologists at ACR 2022
MedPAC April Meeting Focuses on Payment Policies
Rhode Island Legislature Considers Medical Interstate Compact Bill

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In the April 9, 2022 Issue

ACR Requests Help From HHS to Expand Medicare Coverage for CTC
CMS Proposes to Delay Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model Indefinitely
Director of National Cancer Institute Steps Down
Dr. Ma Reflects on Time as ACR State Government Relations Chair
HRSA Extends Reporting Period for Recipients of Provider Relief Funds
Learn How to Build an Advocacy Culture in Your State at ACR 2022
Physician and Patient Groups Urge CMS to Update Medicare CTC Coverage
States Deliberate Breast Cancer Screening and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the April 2, 2022 Issue

ACR Reviewing President's 2023 Budget Request
ACR Updates Information Blocking FAQ With Key Clarifications
States Address Colorectal Cancer Screening, Out-of-Network Billing and Telehealth Bills

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In the March 26, 2022 Issue

2021 MIPS Submission Deadline Is March 31
ACR NCCI/MUE Appeal Unsuccessful for Doppler Venous Ultrasounds
MedPAC Makes Recommendations for 2022 Medicare Payments
New Indiana Truth-in-Advertising Law Protects Hoosiers
States Advance Cancer Screening, Out-Of-Network and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the March 19, 2022 Issue

ACR and SPR Advocate for Innovation in Safe and Effective Pediatric Radiology AI
ACR Members Call to Action: Help Stop Wisconsin, Kentucky Scope of Practice Bills
ACR Provides Overview of Government Spending Act That Increases NIH Funding
ACR Recommends CPT Code Placements for 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System
ACR Updates Lung Cancer Screening Resource Based on CMS Final Coverage Decision
CMS Compiles Resources for Small, Underserved and Rural Facilities Participating in QPP
States Advance Breast Cancer Screening Bills, Colorado Rejects Scope Bill

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In the March 12, 2022 Issue

Federal Advisory Committee Discusses Total Cost of Care Medicare Payment Model at March Meeting
MedPAC March Meeting Focuses on Payment Policies
States Advance Prior Authorization Bills, Washington Passes Out-Of-Network Bill

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In the March 5, 2022 Issue

ACR Joins Effort to Extend Medicare Payment Cut Moratorium
ACR Reiterates Need for Stability in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Breast Cancer Screening and Scope of Practice Lead State Legislative Activity
CMS Withdraws Guidance on Surprise Billing, Out-of-Network Payment Disputes
Deadline Extended for CMS Cost Measures Field Testing
Get Energized About Advocacy! Register for the ACR Virtual Advocacy Boot Camp
Radiologists Encouraged to Participate in CMS Advisory Committee Activities

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In the Feb. 26, 2022 Issue

ACR-Supported Healthcare Provider Mental Health Bill Sent to President
ACR Supports the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act
ACR Urges Increased Residency Slots for Radiology
Advocate in Action: Dr. Silva Outlines Advocacy Success Strategies
CMS Seeks Public Comment on Cost Measure Development
States Consider Breast Cancer Screening, Scope and Out-Of-Network Legislation
Texas Medical Association Federal Surprise Billing Lawsuit Win Protects Patients and Providers

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In the Feb. 19, 2022 Issue

ACR 2022 Hill Day Postponed
ACR Outlines Specifics of New Medicare Lung Cancer Screening Coverage
ACR Weighs in on Virginia Scope of Practice Fight
Amplify Your Advocacy Voice: Register for ACR Virtual Advocacy Boot Camp
Dr. Robert Califf Confirmed as FDA Commissioner

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In the Feb. 12, 2022 Issue

ACR Files Motion for Summary Judgement in Lawsuit Against Federal Agencies
ACR Provides Recommendations to FDA Regarding 3D Printing Within Healthcare Facilities
ACR Reviews Code Proposals Relevant to Radiology at CPT Editorial Panel Meeting
Bold New ACR Strategic Plan to Empower the Radiologist of the Future
Dr. Tilden Childs to Receive Texas Radiological Society Gold Medal
States Advance Cancer Screening, Scope and Out-Of-Network Bills; Consider Telehealth Legislation

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In the Feb. 5, 2022 Issue

2022 State Affairs Landscape — Scope of Practice Continues to Take Center Stage
Clarification: ACR Not Involved in UnitedHealthcare Designated Diagnostic Imaging Provider Program
CMS Releases Preliminary 2020 QPP Performance Results
DSI Musculoskeletal Panel Videos Highlight AI Tool Applications
Florida House of Representatives Awards Dr. Charles D. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award
NRC Commissioners Support Radiation Expertise in Authorized User Criteria
President's Cancer Panel Releases Report, Highlights Need for Cancer Screening
States Advance Cancer Screening, Prior Authorization and Scope of Practice Legislation

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In the Jan. 29, 2022 Issue

2022 Congressional Outlook: Elections and Opportunities for Engagement
ACR Bulletin Podcast Focuses on Integration of AI into Workflow
ACR Provides Update on Surprise Billing Implementation Suit
Government Releases Additional $2 Billion in Provider Relief Funding
MACPAC Considers Integrated Care and Increased Payment Recommendations
ONC Announces Prior Authorization Certification and USCDI Comment Opportunities
States Focus on Breast Cancer Screening, Scope and Out-of-Network Bills
UnitedHealthcare Rolls Out Designated Diagnostic Imaging Provider Program

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In the Jan. 22, 2022 Issue

ACR Expresses Local Coverage Determination Process Issues to CMS
ACR Presents Five CPT Codes for Valuation at January RUC Meeting
ACR Rebuffs Wyoming Board of Medicine Consideration of Proposal to Eliminate Physician Supervision
HHS Releases Framework to Enable Nationwide Exchange of Certain Health Data
MedPAC Commissioners Unanimously Recommend 2023 Base Payment Rate Update for Physicians
Podcast Highlights Work of ACR Data Science Institute
States Address Colorectal Cancer Screening and Out-of-Network Billing Legislation
US Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID Vaccine Requirement; Allows CMS Requirement to Stand

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In the Jan. 15, 2022 Issue

Indiana General Assembly Introduces Truth in Advertising Legislation
State Legislatures Consider Cancer Screening, Scope of Practice and More
Yale School of Medicine Seeks Expert Panelists to Develop Equity Measure in Cancer Diagnosis

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In the Jan. 8, 2022 Issue

ACR Advocacy Efforts Yield More Than $1 Billion in Savings for Members
CMS to Distribute 1,000 New Residency Spots
Impacts of Final 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Payment Rates
Next Steps in ACR No Surprises Act Lawsuit
Provisions of the No Surprises Act Now in Effect
Washington State Legislature Files Measure to Align With Federal No Surprises Act

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Dec. 25, 2021, Advocacy in Action: Special Report

ACR Files No Surprises Act Lawsuit to Protect Patient Care

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In the Dec. 18, 2021 Issue

ACR Leads Effort to Mitigate Medicare Cuts
ACR QCDR Adds New Quality Measures for 2022 MIPS
CMS Releases the 2022 Updates to the Adult and Child Core Health Care Quality Measurement Sets
December MedPAC Meeting Focuses on Payment Adequacy & Updating Payments
FDA Seeks Input About 3D Printing at Point of Care
Francis Collins Resigns as NIH Director
Physician and Patient Groups Submit Joint Letter About CMS Lung Cancer Screening Proposed Decision
Prepare for Acumen Episode-based Cost Measures Field Testing
TMIST Enrollment Surpasses 60,000

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In the Dec. 11, 2021 Issue

ACR Announces Two Ways to Monitor Radiology-related State Legislation
ACR Members: Urge US Senate to Support the Resident Physician Shortage Act
ACR Urges CMS to Revise No Surprises Act Regulations
Dec. 14 Gilbert W. Beebe Webinar to Explore Tracking Radiation Doses
House Passes Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

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In the Dec. 4, 2021 Issue

ACR Seeks Modifications to Proposed National Coverage Determination for Lung Cancer Screening
CMS Extends Automatic Exemption Policy to 2021 MIPS
Lend Your Voice to the ACR-Led Campaign to Ensure Medicare Payment Stability
Let the ACR Know What Your Payers Are Doing About Surprise Billing
Ohio's House Advances Breast Cancer Screening Coverage

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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
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
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
Medicare Contractors Release Future Effective LCDs on Facet Joint Interventions
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
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 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
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

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 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
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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