Senators Send ACR Backed Letter to President Obama: No More Imaging Cuts!
A bipartisan group of senators, including John Kerry (D-MA), Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), sent a letter
to the Obama Administration, protesting inclusion of any diagnostic imaging cuts in legislation to raise the debt ceiling. The ACR and the ACR-cofounded Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) worked to gather signatures for the letter, which emphasizes how cuts to imaging can stifle medical innovation, create job loss, and negatively impact patient care.
Instead of further imaging cuts, the senators argued that the Administration should back appropriateness criteria based clinical decision support systems to help ensure that doctors have the latest clinical guidelines at their fingertips and that patients get quality appropriate care. The ACR, with AMIC, continues to educate Members of Congress, the Administration and government agencies regarding the tremendous value and life-saving effects of appropriate medical imaging use.
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