ACR: Help stop another DRA

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging its members to contact their Congressional representatives this week in an effort to avert cuts to medical imaging reimbursement similar to those enacted in the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005.

The Reston, VA, society said that legislation has passed the House of Representatives that would enact "billions of dollars in additional imaging cuts" on top of the DRA's reductions. The cuts are on a list of reductions in a Medicare package that the Senate is debating this week.

The ACR is urging its members to call members of the Senate Finance Committee who are negotiating the reductions, called "pay fors," in the Medicare bill. The society is also asking ACR members to ask their House representatives to sign on to a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) protesting additional cuts.

The ACR said it would sponsor an onsite phone campaign at this month's RSNA meeting in Chicago, and would also conduct grassroots campaigns through state chapters to key lawmakers in the House and Senate.

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