Author Archives: Henry Williams

SGR permanently repealed

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.

What Has the ACR Done for Me Lately?

Did you know?

  • The ACR, seeking to address the changing landscape of health care, has developed the Imaging 3.0™ initiative, which integrates culture change, quality efforts, and technology tools to reinforce the cost-effective, integral role of radiology and the radiologist in the health marketplace. Case studies describing how to put Imaging 3.0 into practice, along with other resources, can be found at www.acr.org/imaging3.
  • The ACR is collaborating with CMS to plan the implementation of the new congressional requirement on clinical decision support. Learn about ACR Select™, a decision support tool based on the ACR’s Appropriateness Criteria®, at http://bit.ly/ClinicalDecision.
  • The ACR has engaged private payers across the U.S. to stave off implementation of professional component multiple procedure payment reductions. Most recently, the ACR secured a delay in United Healthcare’s plans to implement the reduction. For a further explanation of the issue and updates, read http://bit.ly/MPPRACR.
  • To ensure lung cancer screening using LDCT is available not only to all privately insured individuals but to Medicare beneficiaries as well, the ACR led grassroots efforts this past summer to garner signatures from nearly half of the United States Senate and more than one-third of the U.S. House of Representatives on letters to the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS. In addition, the ACR recently coordinated another letter to CMS to support broad national coverage for annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT. The letter was signed by 76 medical specialty and patient advocate groups. To access the College’s lung cancer screening resources, visit http://bit.ly/ACRLung.

MSMA Capitol Doctor of the Day

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, 2015Tuesday, March 31, 205.


Click here to access the calendar, choose your date and sign up.

 

 

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