October 17, 2019

Thousands of Radiologists Urge Congress to Pressure CMS on E/M Proposal

Members of the American College of Radiology® (ACR), under the leadership of the Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN), continue to contact their federal lawmakers in an effort to stop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from finalizing proposed changes to evaluation and management (E/M) payments in the CY2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MFPS) Proposed Rule.

If implemented, the proposed “boost” for E/M codes could cut radiology reimbursement by at least nine percent or $450 million a year, totaling $5.6 billion over 10 years.

The ACR remains deeply concerned about the sizable cuts this proposal will impose upon radiology and other medical providers that do not frequently bill E/M services. Without Congressional action, they will result in an unprecedented payment redistribution within the fee schedule.

Given the significant impact of the proposed E/M policy, the ACR believes Congress should spearhead any effort to increase E/M payments within the MPFS and, if necessary, waive the budget neutrality requirement to ensure a more equitable policy solution that penalizes no physician specialty.

The ACR Government Relations and RAN teams appreciate the swift response from our members regarding this critical issue. Since last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have received nearly 4,500 emails and more than 450 calls, as well as several messages via social media.

Keep the momentum going! To participate in the Call to Action, visit the Radiology Action Network website and click on the “TAKE ACTION” button.