Archive June 2023

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ADVOCACY UPDATE: Lawmakers Push CMS to Finalize Prior Auth Rule

Last week, 294 congressional lawmakers – 233 in the House and 61 in the Senate – sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking the agency to finalize a proposed rule that would streamline and improve transparency of prior authorization processes in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP and Qualified Health Plans on the Federally Facilitated Exchanges. This action follows efforts by ASNC's Health Policy Committee to recruit lawmakers to sign on to the letter.  


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National Study to Document Changes in Physician Practice Expense

The American Medical Association (AMA) is undertaking a new national study, supported by 173 healthcare organizations, to collect representative data on physician practice expenses. The aim of the Physician Practice Information Survey is to better understand the costs faced by today’s physician practices to support physician payment advocacy. The study will serve as an opportunity to communicate accurate financial information to policymakers, including members of Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 


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GUIDELINE ALERT: New Multimodality AUC Underscore Central Role of SPECT and PET in Patient-centered Testing

May 25, 2023 – The newly released 2023 Multimodality Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the Detection and Risk Assessment of Chronic Coronary Disease re-emphasizes the central role of SPECT and PET MPI in patient-centered testing.


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