The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) continues to engage federal lawmakers and the administration regarding changes to reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) codes slated for implementation on January 1, 2021. Absent action by Congress, the forthcoming E/M changes will generate percentage cuts between 8% and 9% for diagnostic radiology.
In seeking relief for this policy change, the ACR government relations team is leading a broad coalition of healthcare provider organizations (with representation from both physician and non-physician groups), to collectively urge Congress to waive budget neutrality requirements for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in any forthcoming legislative package. This much-needed Congressional action will provide a critical reprieve for a broad scope of healthcare providers facing substantial payment reductions in the coming months.
Most recently, the ACR convened a strategy call with nearly 100 government relations professionals, representing more than 50 organizations, to discuss additional opportunities for collaboration and the next steps in seeking relief from the pending reimbursement cuts. The ACR expects continued growth of this coalition and the potential for ACR Radiology Advocacy Network grassroots engagement throughout the summer. The ACR government relations team will provide additional information as it becomes available.