March 22, 2018

ACR Pans Anthem Policy as Part of Senate Price Transparency Inquiry

On March 20, American College of Radiology (ACR) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR, responded to a request from a bipartisan group of United States Senators for input regarding health care price and information transparency.

Thorwarth’s letter addressed to group leader Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), applauds this bipartisan effort and seeks to highlight how aggressive policies recently implemented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield negatively impact patient access to advanced imaging services administered in the hospital outpatient department.

The College asserts that such policies implemented by private payers are undoubtedly a byproduct of insurers providing insufficient health care price and information transparency. The ACR looks forward to working with Sen. Cassidy and his colleagues as they pursue legislative language to improve health care price and information transparency.