Advocacy In Action eNews

Weekly updates on economic, regulatory and legislative activities affecting radiology

In the September 22, 2018 Issue

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

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In the September 15, 2018 Issue

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

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In the September 8, 2018 Issue

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

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In the September 1, 2018 Issue

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

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In the August 25, 2018 Issue

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

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In the August 18, 2018 Issue

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

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In the August 11, 2018 Issue

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

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In the August 4, 2018 Issue

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

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In the July 28, 2018 Issue

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

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In the July 21, 2018 Issue

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

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In the July 14, 2018 Issue

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

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In the July 7, 2018 Issue

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

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In the June 30, 2018 Issue

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

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In the June 23, 2018 Issue

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

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In the June 16, 2018 Issue

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

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In the June 9, 2018 Issue

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

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In the June 2, 2018 Issue

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

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In the May 26, 2018 Issue

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

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In the May 19, 2018 Issue

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

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In the May 12, 2018 Issue

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

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In the May 5, 2018 Issue

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

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In the April 28, 2018 Issue

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

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In the April 21, 2018 Issue

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

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In the April 14, 2018 Issue

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

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In the April 7, 2018 Issue

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

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In the March 31, 2018 Issue

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

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In the March 24, 2018 Issue

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

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In the March 17, 2018 Issue

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

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In the March 10, 2018 Issue

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

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In the March 3, 2018 Issue

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

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In the February 24, 2018 Issue

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

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In the February 17, 2018 Issue

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

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In the February 10, 2018 Issue

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

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In the February 3, 2018 Issue

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

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In the January 27, 2018 Issue

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

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In the January 20, 2018 Issue

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

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In the January 13, 2018 Issue

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

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In the December 23, 2017 Issue

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

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In the December 15, 2017 Issue

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

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In the December 8, 2017 Issue

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

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In the November 17, 2017 Issue

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

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In the November 10 2017 Issue

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

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In the November 3 2017 Issue

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

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In the October 27, 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
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
New 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
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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