Radiology represented itself well at The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting, with attendees from the American College of Radiology (ACR), radiology specialty societies and radiologists who serve as State Delegates. We joined more than 500 voting delegates from state medical societies and more than 130 specialty medical associations to voice our opinions in Chicago, June 6-10, 2015.
There were two important issues to radiology that your AMA delegation addressed on your behalf. We were successful in objecting to language that could be detrimental to radiology practices in the areas of the Ethical Practice of Telemedicine and also to proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) physician supervision rules. Both issues were referred back to the AMA Board of Trustees for additional clarification to address these concerns.
These are positive steps, but we need more physicians from the house of radiology to join the AMA and take part. Participation in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and the Resource Based Relative Value Scale /Relative Update Committee (RBRVS/RUC) process is dependent on AMA membership. So too is participation in the HOD’s legislative and policy making body work.
Radiology representation is vital. Representation is proportional to the number of AMA members in both organizations. The more radiologists who are members of the AMA, the more votes radiology has to speak for radiology on a host of issues, including Medicare and Medicaid payment, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and more.
To assure our place as content experts in radiology at the AMA, our membership in the AMA is crucial. Health care is changing. No one can afford to sit on the sidelines. That is why ACR, AMA as well State Medical Society Memberships (e.g., Medical Society of the District of Columbia) and involvement are so vital to advancing patient care, our practices and profession.