AMIC criticizes White House budget plan

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) is taking exception to Medicare imaging prior authorization requirements in the Obama administration's 2014 proposed budget.

The organization is calling on Congress to reject the implementation of Medicare imaging prior authorization systems, which AMIC asserted would harm patient access to advanced medical imaging technologies and are not supported by data.

In a prepared statement, AMIC Executive Director Tim Trysla said the implementation of a prior authorization program will "not only produce zero cost savings, it will insert an artificial middleman between physicians and their patients."

As an alternative, AMIC said it supports the adoption of physician-developed appropriateness criteria and the use of decision-support tools.

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