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2018 MPFS Final Rule Summary
11/14/2017
CMS released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule last week. The following is a summary of the AHRA-related policies written by the AHRA Regulatory Affairs committee.
Click here to read more.

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Breast Density Legislation Introduced in Congress
11/21/2017
The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2017 (HR 4122, S 2006) has now been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill would set a minimum standard for dense breast tissue notification after mammograms and recommend women discuss options with their physician to see if additional breast cancer screening is needed.
Read more at Radiology Business.

2018 MPFS Final Rule Summary
11/14/2017
CMS released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule last week. The following is a summary of the AHRA-related policies written by the AHRA Regulatory Affairs committee.
Click here to read more.

AUC Mandate Delayed Until 2020
11/13/2017
CMS has released the CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and the CY 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule.

Physician Fee Schedule Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-23953.pdf
Quality Payment Program Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-24067.pdf

The AHRA Regulatory Affairs Team is dissecting these 1,000 plus page documents, and will provide a more comprehensive update to members at a later time, however we wanted to highlight a few early headlines: Click here to read more on AHRA Connect.

CO Breast Density Law Now in Effect
10/31/2017
Senate Bill 17-142 in the Colorado General Assembly, introduced by Sen. Angela Williams and Rep. Jessie Danielson, officially took effect on Oct. 1 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, having Colorado join 29 other states in the U.S. that require radiologists to notify women of their breast density.  
Read more at Radiology Business.

House VA Committee Explores Telemedicine Legislation
10/27/2017
Potential legislative changes to existing requirements surrounding medical licensure and the delivery of telemedicine by physicians within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was a focal point of an Oct. 24 hearing in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. 
Read more at ACR.

States Consider Changes to X-Ray System Regulation
10/27/2017
State legislatures in MA, NC, TX, and WA are considering actions to enhance their state’s regulatory oversight of computed tomography and X-ray system safety and to modify rules governing the mediation of health care consumer complaints.
Read more at ACR.

WA to Accept Military Experience for RT Credentialing
10/2/2017
The State of Washington Department of Health will enact final rules Oct. 7 that recognize the education and experience of radiologic technologists (RTs) during their military service as acceptable prerequisites for professional credentialing. 
Read more at ACR.

Concerns Grow for Anthem MRI/CT Payment Policy
10/2/2017
The controversial policy, enacted in several states, drastically alters where and how patients receive care. In July, Anthem initiated a rollout of a policy in nine states that revamps pre-authorization for all diagnostic imaging (CTs and MRIs) in hospitals. 
Read more at ACR.