News | October 31, 2011

ACC Urges Congress to Heed Warnings of SGR Panel

October 31, 2011 — American College of Cardiology (ACC) President David Holmes, M.D., FACC, commended a congressional panel that met recently to discuss the physician payment system. The briefing was orchestrated by Reps. Phil Roe and Allyson Schwartz.

All medical specialties are concerned about the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for Medicare because they want to avoid having physicians face a sharp reduction in Medicare payments starting Jan. 1, 2012. 

The speakers at the Oct. 27 briefing — Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institute, Joseph Antos of AEI, and Stuart Guterman of the Commonwealth Fund — described the many problems with the current Medicare payment formula. McClellan noted the "good ideas" within medical specialties that are improving quality and lowering cost, including the use of data registries in cardiology.

"As the panel made clear, putting another band-aid on the problem is not a viable solution," Holmes said. "The American College of Cardiology urges Congress to hear the concerns raised by this panel and provide a stable system for physicians and patients that realistically covers the costs of providing care. We agree the focus should be on improving quality and lowering costs, and the tools are available within the ACC and other medical societies to do this using data-driven approaches."

In the briefing, Antos said there seems to be a sense that cutting providers will not impact care, but he believes continuing to cut from providers will negatively impact Medicare beneficiaries. Panelists also agreed on the need to incentivize care coordination by encouraging Medicare to pay physicians for the time it takes to coordinate with other physicians.

More than 115 members of Congress joined Reps. Roe and Schwartz in sending a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging the committee to include full repeal of the SGR in any final legislative deficit package.

For more information: www.cardiosource.org/ACC

Related Content

Videos | Cardiac Imaging | September 10, 2018
Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., professor of cardiology and radiology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, and past-president
Arterys collaborated with GE Healthcare to create the ViosWorks software to cardiac MRI analysis.

Arterys collaborated with GE Healthcare to create the ViosWorks software. The software integrates artificial intelligence to speed workflow and perform a full 3-D chest volume scan with myocardium motion, blood flow, time and fully automated quantification.

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | March 30, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for cardiac assessment provides a radiation-free alternative to other commonly used
New Policy Decisions Give Millions Access to HeartFlow FFRct Analysis
News | Cardiac Imaging | February 01, 2018
February 1, 2018 – HeartFlow announced that seven new commercial payers issued positive medical policies covering the
Clear detail of the in-stent restenosis can be seen in this image from the new high-resolution Canon Precision CT system. RSNA 2017, #RSNA2017, #RSNA17

Clear detail of the in-stent restenosis can be seen in this image from the new high-resolution Canon Aquilion Precision CT system.

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | January 23, 2018 | Dave Fornell
Medical imaging plays a key role in cardiology, and most of the newest radiology technology advances are first unveil
Philips Introduces Technology Maximizer Program for Imaging Equipment Upgrades
Technology | Cardiac Imaging | January 17, 2018
Philips recently announced the launch of Technology Maximizer, a cross-modality program designed to boost the clinical...
Videos | Cardiac Imaging | December 29, 2017
ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies on the
Siemens Healthineers Introduces Share360 Tailored Service Portfolio
News | Cardiac Imaging | November 10, 2017
To address the specific needs of medical imaging clinical engineering departments nationwide, Siemens Healthineers has...
HeartFlow's FFR-CT (FFRct) analysis software can create a virtual FFR to assess coronary artery disease.

HeartFlow's FFR-CT analysis software uses a computed tomography scan and supercomputing fluid dynamics software to create a noninvasive, virtual FFR map of the entire coronary artery tree to determine the flow-limiting severity of ant lesions. 

News | Cardiac Imaging | November 06, 2017
November 6, 2017 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a New Technology Ambulatory P
Philips Announces Findings of Patient Experience in Imaging Research
News | Cardiac Imaging | October 24, 2017
Philips recently announced the key findings of its research focused on the patient experience in diagnostic imaging...
Overlay Init