After over a decade of kicking the can down the road, Congress has passed a permanent fix to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate(SGR) formula passed in 2001. The SGR was enacted to provide a method by which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) could control spending by Medicare on physician services. The flawed formula however would call for drastic cuts in Medicare patient reimbursements by 21%, which would force many physicians to abandon their Medicare patients.
The new law, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, passed the United States Senate on April 14 and was signed into law by President Obama on April 16. The law provides an annual 0.5% increase in physician payment starting July 2015. In addition, there are incentives for physicians to transition to value-based alternative payment models.
The Mississippi Radiological Society has been awarded the 2015 award for Excellence in Government Relations. The award will be presented at the annual ACR meeting May 19, 2015. Congratulations to all those who made this award possible.
Mississippi is tied for 1st place in the final round of March Madness again this year. Please make a contribution to RADPAC and help Mississippi win for the second year in a row. Click Here to Contribute
Participate in MSMA’s Doctor of the Day Program. Each year, MSMA staffs the Capitol Medical Unit during the legislative session with a full time nurse and a volunteer physician. This is an excellent opportunity for physicians to observe and take an active part of the legislative process. Please consider signing up to serve as a MSMA Doctor of the Day.
Event is from Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – Tuesday, March 31, 205.
Click here to access the calendar, choose your date and sign up.
This was a big week for the specialty. The proposed coverage decision for lung cancer screening from CMS represents a big win for Medicare-aged smokers and former smokers, and radiology will play a key role in developing the new screening program. A 60-day comment period began on November 10 and considering the numerous stakeholders, there will be much to say. Continue reading article.