​​​​​​Radvocacy News​

RADPAC Names 2022-2023 Board
December 1, 2022

On Nov. 27, RADPAC® named its 2022–2023 Board. For the first time in RADPAC's more than twenty-year history, it had an open application process for becoming a Board member. Also, for the first time, the RADPAC Board nominated and approved its RADPAC Chair — previously the Vice Chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors held the position of RADPAC Chair... 


ACR Virtual Hill Day Reaches More Than 150 Congressional Offices
November 18, 2022

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Government Relations Department held a micro-targeted virtual Hill Day Nov. 16–17 for radiologists whose members of Congress serve on congressional committees with jurisdiction over healthcare issues. ​In total, more than 100 attendees participated in meetings reaching more than 150 congressional offices. The main issues covered during the meetings were addressing proposed Medicare cuts (H.R. 8800) and garnering support in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act of 2021 (H.R. 4612 & S. 2412)....
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Congressional Election Results lead to Divided Government
November 18, 2022

The Nov. 8 midterm elections saw Republicans gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrats maintain the majority in the U.S. Senate. Of the 35 seats in the Senate that were up for election, only one flipped parties — Pennsylvania — in which Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman beat Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, MD. )...Click here to read more.​

Election Day is here!
November 5, 2022

The current composition of the House is 220 Democrats and 212 Republicans - and 3 vacancies. Of the 435 House seats up this fall, only 35 are considered a “toss-up”, meaning that the remaining 400 seats are expected to stay in the hands of the party who currently hold it. Historically, the party opposite of the President picks up between 25-30 seats in the House during the mid-term election in the President’s first term. If this trend holds true for the House in the upcoming elections, Republicans would regain the majority in the House in the next Congress. A big part of the results for the elections will be newly drawn congressional districts from the Census as well as the large number of open seats from retirements, Members of Congress who lost their primary or who are running for different office (this “casualty list” consists of 38 Democrats and 28 Republicans, which equals 66 Members of Congress who won’t be back – this makes up 15% of the House!)...Click here to read more.
 

Take Action Now: Urge Your Senators to Address Upcoming Cuts to Medicare Payments

October ​20, 2022​

The American College of Radiology Association® (ACRA®) Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) has issued a call-to-action (CTA) requesting all American College of Radiology® (ACR®) members to urge their U.S. senators to join Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Barrasso, MD (R-WY), in a bipartisan effort to express concern and encourage senate leadership's action on upcoming cuts to Medicare payment to physicians and other healthcare providers. Sens. Stabenow and Barrasso have asked their colleagues to sign on to a letter that will be sent to Senate leadership stressing the importance of acting on proposed payment cuts in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) beginning Jan. 1.

In 2020, Congress passed a 3.75% adjustment to the MPFS conversion factor for 2021 to ensure greater payment stability for these providers. Congress extended this relief for 2022 through a subsequent 3% adjustment, but this provision expires at the end of the year.

Please urge your senators to cosign the bipartisan letter to Senate leadership by Oct. 28.

For further information on HR 8800, please contact Ashley Walton, ACR Government Affairs Director. If you need help accessing the CTA please contact Melody Ballesteros, Radiology Advocacy Network Assistant Director.

Radvocacy Podcast Hosted by RADPAC Highlights US Congressional Races

October 20, 2022

The latest RADVOCACY Podcast hosted by RADPAC features special guest Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, a nonpartisan newsletter that covers U.S. House and Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics, and political developments. Gonzales offers his take to the American College of Radiology Association® (ACRA®) about what to expect in the House and Senate races in the Nov. 8 elections.

The RADVOCACY podcasts can be accessed on Apple Podcasts®, Spotify®, and through this website. For more information please contact Ted Burnes, Senior Director of Political Affairs.


Take Action Now: Help Prevent Impending Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

September 2, 2022

The Radiology Advocacy Network issued a call-to-action (CTA) last week, asking all American College of Radiology® members to participate in a grassroots campaign and communicate with their Members of Congress on the Impending Reimbursement cuts to Medicare. These cuts, if not mediated by Congress, will result in close to a 10% reduction for diagnostic imaging in 2023.
The response to this CTA has been one of the highest in RAN history, with over 5,200 letters sent to Congress. If you have not already acted, please consider doing so. You may also consider sending the alert to your patients and colleagues to amplify our message to Capitol Hill.
Make your voice heard and help us get to 8,000 letters. Take action today and stress how important this issue is for our patients and equitable health.


Act Now to Fight Impending Reimbursement Cuts

August 24, 2022

The Radiology Advocacy Network sent out a call-to-action (CTA) this week asking all American College of Radiology® members to participate in a grassroots campaign to ask their members of Congress to prevent Medicare reimbursement cuts...Click here to read more.


New Radvocacy Website Promotes Member Participation in Advocacy Activities​

August 15, 2022

​The Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) and RADPAC®, the two pillars of advocacy for the American College of Radiology Association® (ACRA®) are now accessible under one reinvented Radvocacy Site.

The new website gives advocates access to up-to-date news, resources, and alerts in one location. It also serves as a location for members to learn about myriad opportunities to engage and support advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels...Click here to read more​.



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