ACR seeks help in fight against $112M in ultrasound reimbursement cuts

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has asked radiologists and other healthcare professionals to send them invoices that reflect the real-world costs associated with purchasing ultrasound equipment. The ACR wants to use these invoices to show CMS that the planned $112 million in Medicare ultrasound reimbursement cuts would be a big mistake.

“Our efforts to educate CMS on the true cost of providing these services and the adverse impact of such cuts on access to care, will be ineffective if radiologists, radiology business managers and other ultrasound providers do not supply recent invoices,” William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, ACR CEO, said in a prepared statement.

The ACR, working with the Ultrasound Access Coalition, talked CMS into delaying these proposed cuts, which were originally set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The ACR said in its statement, however, that the cuts could still go into effect as early as 2020 if CMS can not be convinced to reverse course.

The ACR asked that invoices be sent to this email address.