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Radiological Society, Inc.

New York State Chapter of the American College of Radiology

OUR HISTORY

The New York State Radiological Society, Inc (NYSRS) is the New York State Chapter of the American College of Radiology. It was founded in 1953 as the "Radiological Society of the State of New York". It was originally founded when "a group of x-ray physicians felt the need of a state wide organization to strengthen their professional and ethical status". It has evolved into a statewide organization of over 1,200 members. According to our By-Laws, the purposes of this Society shall be those of the American College of Radiology: (1) to advance the science of radiology, and to improve radiologic services to the patient; (2) to study the socioeconomic aspects of the practice of radiology; (3) to encourage improved and continuing education for radiologists and allied professional fields; and (4) to establish and maintain high medical and ethical standards in the practice of radiology and allied professional fields.

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Study Finds That Mammography Saves Lives Contact Us

Radiology Today • November 21

A study published online November 8 in Cancer—Tabar et al—debunks claims that mammography screening is not a primary factor in plummeting breast cancer deaths and reinforces the long-proven fact that Mammography Saves Lives. The study found that women screened regularly for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease within 20 years of diagnosis than those not regularly screened. Ninety-five percent of all breast cancer deaths occur within 20 years of diagnosis. The Tabar study shows beyond doubt that therapy is far more effective when breast cancers are found earlier via mammography. Screening and therapy work hand in hand. Annual screening starting at age 40 and therapy are vital to saving the most lives,” says Dana Smetherman, MD, chair of the ACR’s Breast Imaging Commission.

National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data show that since regular mammography use started in the 1980s, breast cancer deaths in women have fallen 43%. Breast cancers deaths in men—who are not screened but get the same treatment as women—have remained virtually unchanged.

The results are also in keeping with large studies—such as Otto et al and Coldman et al—that found regular mammography use cuts the risk of dying from breast cancer nearly in half. Early detection via mammography also enables women to be treated with less extensive surgery, fewer mastectomies, and less chemotherapy.

“The conclusion of this study could not be more clear: Modern treatments are important but not solely sufficient. Women who get regular screening mammograms cut their risk of dying of breast cancer by about half,” says Jay Baker, MD, president of the Society of Breast Imaging. The ACR and the Society of Breast imaging continue to recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40 and continue as long as they are in good health. The ACR also advises women to have a risk assessment by the age of 30 to see if earlier screening is right for them.

For more information regarding breast cancer screening visit, please visit MammographySavesLives.org and RadiologyInfo.org

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NEW ANTHEM BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OUTPATIENT IMAGING POLICY

Dear physicians,

Whether you practice in a hospital, office or independent diagnostic testing facility, you should be concerned about the new Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Outpatient Imaging Policy. It effectively prohibits hospital-based outpatient imaging in your state with only case-by-case exceptions.

Treating diagnostic imaging as a commodity, separate from a patient’s continuum of care, would be a death knell to our profession’s central role in integrated care. This Anthem tactic could turn imaging reimbursement into a race to the bottom with significant consequences for all imaging providers, regardless of setting, and patients alike.

This policy is an effort by Anthem to force hospitals into price reductions outside its contract cycle. Anthem is treating patients and ordering physicians as pawns in its steerage negotiations.

All advanced imaging services are covered by this prior authorization edict. Exceptions to the Anthem policy are based on adherence to “medically necessary” definitions imposed through the Anthem-owned radiology benefit manager, AIM Specialty Health.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) opposes this effort by Anthem and AIM. The ACR has launched an aggressive campaign in your state and the nine other states affected by the Anthem policy.

If left unchallenged, other private insurers and even Medicare could mimic the Anthem policy that treats imaging as a separate, negotiable commodity.

We cannot let this happen. Take action now. Help us fight Anthem and AIM.

  • We need to know how this Anthem policy will affect your practice and your patients
  • We need your help in understanding the real world impact of this policy
  • And, we need examples of how patient care has been impacted at your practice

Please share your experiences of the Anthem imaging policy and encourage your patients to do so here.

If you wish to provide specific patient information, please be aware of HIPAA restrictions and obtain written permission from the patient for this use. We will honor all confidential information you choose to share with us.

Visit ACR Anthem Outpatient Imaging Policy Resources page. Review the Anthem policy and the exceptions to the Anthem policy for more information.

Thank you for helping at this critical time,

William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR
Chief Executive Officer
American College of Radiology

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