January 18, 2018

Medical and Patient Advocacy Groups Tell Anthem to Rescind New Imaging Policies

Eleven national medical and patient advocacy groups – including the American College of Radiology - sent a letter to Anthem asking the country’ largest Blue Cross Blue Shield plan to eliminate its new hospital outpatient imaging policies.

In 2017, the country’s largest Blue Cross Blue Shield plan started cutting off payments for many patients who get MRI or CT scans at hospital-owned outpatient facilities.

The letter to Anthem Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Craig Samitt, MD, states, “Failure to rescind these policies could jeopardize patient care and, furthermore, these new policies could serve to undermine a relationship between Anthem and a broad array of the physicians who treat your beneficiaries.”

Other medical groups, including the American Medical Association, have already urged Anthem to drop its controversial imaging policies.

See the ACR Anthem Outpatient Imaging Policy Resources page for more information on how you can help counter these arbitrary and unwise Anthem policies.

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