Feature | December 17, 2013

Senate, House Committee on Ways and Means Pass SGR Repeal Bill

Bill includes ACR-supported provisions to medical imaging

imaging ct systems clinical decision support software ACR senate committee
December 17, 2013 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) commends the House Committee on Ways and Means and the United States Senate Committee on Finance for passing bicameral, bipartisan legislation to replace the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment formula. The SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Act of 2013 includes ACR-supported provisions that would require ordering providers to consult physician-developed appropriateness criteria when referring Medicare patients for advanced diagnostic imaging exams.
 
The imaging-specific provisions in the legislation would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to specify appropriateness criteria from among those developed/endorsed by national professional medical specialty societies such as the ACR. ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based, have been in existence for 20 years and are created and updated by multispecialty panels of physicians. Clinical decision support systems (CDS), based on such appropriateness criteria, in use in Minnesota and at Massachusetts General Hospital, have been shown to cut down on duplicate and unnecessary scanning and associated costs.
 
“The ACR strongly supports the imaging provisions in this legislation. This approach will help medicine transition from volume-based to quality-based care without affecting access or interfering in the doctor-patient relationship. The legislation represents a landmark step by Congress and a validation of a cornerstone of the College’s Imaging 3.0 initiative that increases quality of care and preserves health care resources,” said Paul Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair, ACR Board of Chancellors. 
 
The bill awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives and Senate in early 2014. The SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Act of 2013 can be viewed here.
 
For more information: www.acr.org

Related Content

coronary CT angiography, CCTA, alcohol consumption, CAD, coronary artery disease, RSNA 2016
News | CT Angiography (CTA)| November 29, 2016
Researchers using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) found no association between light to moderate...
Philips, DoseWise Portal 2.2, RSNA 2016, radiation dose management
Technology | Radiation Dose Management| November 21, 2016
November 21, 2016 — Philips introduced DoseWise Portal 2.2, a next-generation...
Sponsored Content | Videos | CT Angiography (CTA)| November 18, 2016
A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to eva
Siemens Healthineers, Somatom Drive CT, computed tomography, first U.S. install, Stead Family Children's Hospital
News | Computed Tomography (CT)| November 11, 2016
Siemens Healthineers announced that University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City is the first...
GE Healthcare, Revolution CT, Whisper Drive, RSNA 2016, cardiac imaging
News | CT Angiography (CTA)| October 31, 2016
At the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016), GE Healthcare will introduce the...
Toshiba CT, picking a CT scanner, choosing a CT scanner, CT 101, what to look for in CT scanners, Aquilion ONE ViSION

The Toshiba Aquilion One Vision system is among the new generation of CT systems on the market that offers several dose lowering technologies and a hardware/software combination to enhance image quality over previous-generation scanners.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA)| October 14, 2016 | Dave Fornell
As hospitals begin replacing their first-generation 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanners after a decade of use,
Siemens Healthineers, Somatom Drive CT system, FDA clearance
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT)| August 30, 2016
Siemens Healthineers announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Somatom Drive computed...
atomic bombs, radiation exposure, long-term health effects, Bertrand Jordan, study
News | Radiation Dose Management| August 19, 2016
The detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific...
CT angiography, CTA, coronary CT, cardiac CT, SCCT, society of cardiovascular computed tomography, cardiac imaging
Feature | CT Angiography (CTA)| August 03, 2016 | Dave Fornell
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) annual meeting offers an in-depth review of all aspects of c
CT angiography, CTA, Medicare population, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, Neiman HPI
News | CT Angiography (CTA)| August 02, 2016
According to a new study, the last 13 years have seen substantial growth in the ordering of computed tomography...
Overlay Init