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Mississippi Radiological Society Scholarship for Outstanding Radiologic Technology student.

Congrats to Katelyn Donn Hughes of Okolona, a 2018 graduate of Itawamba Community College. She has been selected as the recipient of the Mississippi Radiological Society Scholarship for Outstanding Radiologic Technology student.

Hughes, who received ICC’s Radiologic Technology award at the College’s Evening of Celebration: Honoring Academic Excellence Across the Curriculum, had the highest GPA for Radiologic Technology courses. She is the daughter of Matt and Kallie Hughes.

Criteria for selection for the MRS scholarship include high academic achievement, sound moral character and financial need.

 

Join the Stop Anthem Effort

The post below appeared on the Voice of Radiology blog. I invite you to join the discussion.
Anthem, the nation’s largest Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance company, has stopped covering patients in 9 states for MRI and CT scans performed in hospital outpatient settings – unless the exam qualifies for an “exception.” Anthem will likely extend this plan to all 14 states in which it operates.

On Nov. 15, Anthem will start retroactive reviews of MRI and/or CT exams done in emergency departments in Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. Anthem will deny imaging claims if it decides the case was not truly an emergency.

These Anthem policies place patients and doctors in the middle of a payment dispute between Blue Cross Blue Shield’s for-profit entity and hospitals. This adversely impacts patient care, disrupts the patient-physician relationship and worsens hospital bureaucracy – ultimately hurting patient care.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is opposing this Anthem effort. Regardless of whether you practice in an office setting or hospital, you should oppose this Anthem policy which makes imaging a commodity going to the lowest bidder.

The College has created a toolkit of materials to help members in affected states push back against this blatant cost-cutting move. Please use these resources to help the ACR help us end this misguided Anthem effort.

I also urge you to contact the ACR with any specific example of how patient care is being negatively impacted in your department/hospital by the Anthem outpatient imaging policy.

Please email those examples to us at anthemstories@acr.org.

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Cynthia Moran
Washington DC
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