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).|