May 27, 2016

ACR Honors Rep Marsha Blackburn

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded its 2016 Congressional Award for Radiological Excellence to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), for her leadership and devotion to improved health care delivery as vice-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and member of its Health Subcommittee.

Blackburn supports legislation having crucial implications for national health care policy and radiology practices. She was a champion of Congressional efforts that cut Medicare’s unfounded Multiple Procedure Payment Rate (MPPR) reduction for the professional component of advanced imaging. With her support, Congress placed a two-year moratorium delaying implementation of inappropriate U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for breast cancer screening. And Blackburn is the author of the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act (HR1151/S1151), bipartisan legislation that would bring comprehensive reforms to task force membership, research methodology and public comment processes.

The seven-term Congressman from the Seventh Congressional District of Tennessee was presented the award May 18 during ceremonies coinciding with ACR Capitol Hill Day.

 
RADPAC Director Ted Burnes (left) presents the ACR’s 2016 Congressional Award for Radiological Excellence to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).