ACR Achievements on Behalf of Members

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The ACR has led these successes in support of our members, the profession and patients:
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Obtained Coverage for CT Lung Cancer Screening for Patients and Providers

Provided the research, evidence and advocacy necessary to obtain both Medicare and private insurance coverage of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT for high-risk patients. Also established the ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center™ and Lung-RADS™ to ensure the highest quality care for screened patients.

Repealed Medicares Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

Partnered with medical associations to eliminate the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula that Medicare uses to determine physician payment and ensured that no imaging cuts were used to offset associated costs.

Ushered the Appropriateness Criteria Mandate for Ordering Physicians

Engaged Congressional support for legislation that will require ordering physicians to review physician-developed Appropriateness Criteria when considering an advanced imaging study. This avoids working with for-profit radiology benefits management companies that lack scientific and real-world health care delivery expertise for developing valid, clinically relevant guidelines.

Reduced the MPPR by 80% (25% to 5%)

Spearheaded the Congressional rollback of the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction to Medicare reimbursement for interpretation of advanced imaging scans performed on the same patient, in the same session, on the same day within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 — effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Retained Women's Annual Mammography Screening Coverage Starting at Age 40

Backed the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (a provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016) which delays U.S. Preventive Services Task Force mammography recommendations for two years. This continues mandatory mammography insurance coverage for years. This continues mandatory mammography insurance coverage for millions of women nationwide and allows ACR more time to vet the recommendation process and review more recent research.

Supported Funding for Advancing Radiological Science

Supported Congress-passed legislation to increase National Institute of Health funding, including $16.8 million for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to advance radiological science.

Spearheaded Quality and Decision-Support Initiatives

Developed the quality and decision-support initiative — Imaging 3.0 — which integrates multiple tools to reinforce the cost-effective, integral role of radiology and the radiologist in the health marketplace (see Most Valuable Radiology Practice in the ACR Bulletin).

Worked to Establish Coverage for CT Colonography

With ACR backing, the House of Representatives version of the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (H.R. 4632/S. 2262), which would provide Medicare CTC coverage, was introduced March 2. The College, the National Medical Society, the nation’s largest African-American medical association, and primary colorectal cancer care advocacy groups: the Colon Cancer Alliance, Colon Cancer Coalition and Prevent Cancer Foundation issued a joint press release calling on Congress to pass the legislation. The ACR now calls on members and other radiology professionals to contact legislators to support the bill.