MITA Applauds Finance and Ways & Means Committees for Inclusion of Appropriateness Criteria in SGR Proposal

10.30.13

Washington, D.C. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today applauded Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) for advancing a bipartisan policy proposal to permanently reform the sustainable growth rate (SGR), or “doc fix,” that includes appropriateness criteria for advanced medical imaging.

“MITA is pleased that the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees have offered a permanent doc fix that requires the use of appropriateness criteria,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA. “It is critical that policymakers establish physician-developed appropriateness criteria as the benchmark to guide the use of advanced medical imaging services. Appropriateness criteria, rather than the blunt instrument of across-the-board imaging cuts, is how to root out inappropriate use of imaging.”

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The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging technology and radiation therapy manufacturers. For more information, visit www.medicalimaging.org. Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.