We Are Not Alone Against Anthem Imaging Policy

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This post was contributed by American College of Radiology Chief Executive Officer William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR.

Whether you practice in an office setting or hospital, the Anthem outpatient imaging policy will ultimately affect you. It makes imaging a commodity to be performed by the lowest bidder — even if the policy may be bad for patients. And patients (and others) are starting to take note.

Just this week, the Lung Cancer Alliance, a leading lung cancer care advocacy group, urged Anthem to drop the new policy. Other patient advocacy groups oppose the Anthem policy and will tell them so in the near future.

The American Medical Association has already asked Anthem to reconsider its new imaging policy. And communities in states affected by the Anthem move are publicly sharing their disapproval.

Others are recognizing that this Anthem effort to strong arm hospitals into renegotiating contracts is not a good thing for patients, providers or coordinated health care delivery.

If you practice in the nine states impacted by the Anthem policy to date, I urge you to review the ACR toolkit of materials to help you push back against this cost-cutting move.

ACR is working with state chapters to reach out to state legislators and insurance commissioners.

I also invite you to share your experiences of the Anthem imaging policy impacting care, and encourage your patients to do so here.

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