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Stop CMS from Implementing Proposed Changes to the E/M Codes

Although the American College of Radiology (ACR) appreciates CMS’
commitment to reducing physician burden and documentation requirements, the
ACR is deeply concerned about the sizable cuts this proposal will impose upon
radiology and other medical providers that do not frequently bill E/M
services.

The proposed changes for E/M payments will result in significant payment
redistribution within the Fee Schedule. Given the broad fiscal impact of the
proposed policy, Congress should debate the merits of this issue and work to
achieve consensus on a more equitable policy solution that penalizes no
physician specialty.

Call, FAX or email your Congressman and Senators to contact CMS and tell them NOT to implement its proposed E/M policy as stated in the 2020 MPFS Proposed Rule.

Join Us for the Fall Meeting!

Please join us October 19, 2019 for our fall meeting.  This will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO starting at 7:30 AM.

Hear about the latest news from the ACR meeting including reference committee reports and the NEW ACR Breast Cancer Screening Tool Kit.  Learn about new state laws and pertinent legal matters.  Share your practice experiences with us.  Join us for breakfast.  We hope to see you there!

MSMA to Start Women Physicians Section

A resolution that established the MSMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) was approved at the 2019 MSMA Annual Convention. All female MSMA members are welcome to participate in the Section’s activities. This section aims to promote the achievements of women physicians, advocate for the advancement of women in medicine, and address disparities that women physicians may face in the workplace.  Contact Heidi Geisbuhler at heidi@msma.org if interested.  For more information you can also go to the Missouri State Medical Association website.

ACR Offers New Breast Cancer Screening Toolkit

The ACR has released a Breast Cancer Screening Toolkit to aid decision making by clinicians and patients.  The toolkit contains handouts, educational videos as well as a Powerpoint presentation for radiologist use.

The ACR strongly encourages radiologists to download these materials:

  • Customize them with your branding (we’ve left a place for that in each item).
  • Share with your referring clinicians and advise them of CME availability!
  • Place patient materials on your website and in your waiting room.
  • Print and include in correspondence with patients and referring providers.

 

MRI Safety Course and Board Exam in St. Louis

Advanced MRI safety training and ABMRS Board preparation course to be held in St Louis, MO on September 13-14, 2019.

Cost:  Attending Physicians $500; Technologists, Nurses, and Physicians in Training $150

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits:  11.75

Sept. 13/14:  Board Review Course
Register at https://bit.ly/2Y7VfXh
Sept. 14: ABMRS exam, 10 year board certification, residents-in-training are eligible
Please see flyer for more information.

Newsletter

We have a new edition of our newsletter.

We hope you like it!

State Legislation That Passed in 2019

 Passed and signed by the Governor on 6/24/19: 

RADIOLOGICAL TECHS (SB 275) – This bill establishes a task force to address the licensure of radiological technicians, as well as appropriate methods to protect the public when radiologic imaging is utilized.

Our thanks to Missouri State Medical Association for this information and their invaluable lobbying efforts on our behalf.

Combined Meeting with Kansas Society was a Great Success

A great time was had by all at the combined Kansas and Missouri Radiological Society meeting at the Royals Baseball Game July 13.  Many thanks to Drs. McGinty, Chang and Patel and to Kansas Congressman Marshall.

 

Joint Meeting with Kansas Radiological Society

All MORADS members are invited to attend the joint meeting of the Kansas and Missouri Radiological Societies on Saturday, July 13, 2019.   We are meeting at Kauffman Stadium at 3 pm.  The chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, will be speaking along with Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS), Paul Chang, MD and our own Amy Patel, MD.

Kansas City Royals will take on the Detroit Tigers at 6:15 pm.  We will meeting in an All Star Suite and dinner buffet is included.  Tickets are $50 each, $25 for residents and fellows.

Read more about it here.

 

MORADS to Create Committee for Women and General Diversity

The Missouri Radiological Society will discuss a by-laws change at the fall meeting to establish a new committee.  This committee will explore activities our state society can do which align with the ACR’s Commission on Women and General Diversity.

The ACR has also published a Diversity Report on this issue  here.