Congressional efforts continue to search for a legislative compromise to address the "surprise" medical billing issue. Several attempts have been made to include legislation passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Education and Labor Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The ACR is closely monitoring Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
MACRA and Related Legislation
The ACR closely monitors Medicare-related legislation affecting the practice of radiology. With regard to reimbursement, the ACR was deeply involved with delaying impending cuts to the Medicare Fee Schedule formula.
Expanded Access to CT Lung Cancer Screening in Medicare
The ACR is actively working with Congress and CMS to ensure that Medicare fully covers CT lung cancer screening for patients at high-risk of developing lung cancer.
Professional Component Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction
Application of an MPPR to the professional component of diagnostic imaging services performed on the same patient on the same day is an arbitrary and imprecise tool to control Medicare spending.
ACR policy is to require physicians interpreting images in other states to be licensed in both the state where the image was generated as well as the state where the interpretation takes place.
Mammography Quality Standards Act
The intent of this legislation was to establish minimum standards to ensure that all women have access to quality mammography services.
The dramatic proliferation in the volume of diagnostic medical imaging services performed by physicians, including non-radiologists, has inflicted a colossal burden on the U.S. health care system, especially Medicare.
ACR Continues Work to Protect Health Care Access and Choice
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) believes that all Americans should have access to affordable, high quality health care — including lifesaving medical imaging and radiation oncology services.