May 07, 2020

Attention All RADvocates: May is Advocacy Month!

Given the decision to transition to a virtual American College of Radiology® (ACR®) 2020 annual meeting, it makes sense to also embrace various online platforms to move forward with the activities normally associated with the ACR’s Hill Day.

To achieve this goal, but also to provide ACR members with ample opportunities to advocate on behalf of radiology and the patients you serve, the ACR Government Relations team will provide several opportunities for advocacy engagement throughout May. The May Advocacy Month opportunities are highlighted on the ACR Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) website.

This month-long targeted advocacy effort officially kicked off on May 6, with the release of a legislative Call to Action (CTA), which highlights several of the ACR’s top legislative priorities for inclusion in a forthcoming legislative package. Moving forward, the issues outlined in the CTA will serve as the foundation of the advocacy efforts for the remainder of the month.

Below is a preliminary timeline of our May advocacy efforts:

  • Week of May 11 — Promotion of the CTA
    • ACR members are encouraged to complete the CTA and encourage their peers to participate in this quick and easy opportunity to engage with your lawmakers
    • To amplify this advocacy effort, ACR members should tweet once they participate in the CTA, tagging @ACRRAN and using the hashtags #radvocacy & #ACR2020
      • Sample tweet: I just participated in the ACR CTA to kick-off May Advocacy Month. You can, too: https://bit.ly/2A9Ey7x #radvocacy #ACR2020 @ACRRAN
  • Week of May 18 — Highlighting the Medicare Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Issue
    • During the second full week of the campaign, participants will amplify an individual issue from the CTA: Impending Payment Cuts due to Changes to Medicare E/M Codes
    • ACR members will tweet their Members of Congress from their personal accounts, highlighting the importance of Congress taking action to mitigate E/M cuts slated for 2021
      • Sample tweet: .@timkaine .@markwarner Please waive the budget neutrality requirements of the Social Security Act for the finalized Evaluation and Management (E/M) code proposal slated for implementation in the Medicare program on January 1, 2021. @ACRRAN #radvocacy #ACR2020
  • Week of May 25 — Highlighting the Prior Authorization Issue
    • Twitter advocacy will continue during the week of May 25, with an issue focus of providing prior authorization relief.
    • ACR members will tweet their Members of Congress from their personal accounts, highlighting how prior authorization relief will help ease a critical burden for patients and providers as the healthcare delivery system adjusts to a “new normal”
      • Sample tweet: .@timkaine .@markwarner A moratorium on prior authorization for both private and government payers would significantly help radiology practices best serve their patients and assist in ensuring an efficient recovery effort @ACRRAN #radvocacy #ACR2020
  • Month-long efforts — Direct Engagement with Lawmakers
    • Throughout the month of May, ACR members who had registered for Hill Day 2020 are encouraged to contact their lawmakers’ offices to schedule virtual meetings to discuss the issues outlined in the CTA. The ACR Government Relations team will provide relevant talking points associated with the CTA issues.

Although everyone will miss our traditional ACR Hill Day, the Government Relations team is excited for these advocacy engagement opportunities. Additional information will be available on the RAN website as well as the Engage platform. If you have any questions please contact Melody Ballesteros.