The ASNR seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates, (HOD) is at risk.
In April of 2012, the ASNR will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
In June of 2012, the grace period for extension of representation in the AMA HOD to societies lacking sufficient AMA membership WILL EXPIRE. The AMA is, by far, the most influential physician organization in shaping healthcare policy, and the AMA will retain that position with or without the ASNR.
Maintaining our seat is critical to ensure that Neuroradiologists participate in the evolution of healthcare in the United States. The AMA plays a central role in healthcare advocacy and in the reimbursement system, including the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel, and the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). There are several pressing issues facing American medicine and representation at the AMA is required to ensure that Neuroradiologists contribute their expertise to these discussions. If Neuroradiologists are to have a say in the future of healthcare, then we must have a voice in the AMA HOD.
These issues include:
Proposal for an independent payment advisory board (IPAB) with a non-physician composition
Proposals for drastic cuts in Medicare,
No Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) solution,
Discussion of imaging-specific cuts, for example Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR)
Regular work of the CPT and the RUC.
Based on current statistics, without action on our part, the ASNR will lose its seat in June. For ASNR to maintain its seat in the HOD, at least 25 percent of Senior members must be members of the AMA. Currently, we are just over 14 percent!
Senior Member Action Items:
I urge those ASNR Senior members who are not members of the American Medical Association (AMA) to join the AMA. To join the AMA, visit http://www.ama-assn.org/go/join
If you are an AMA member, please be sure to renew your AMA membership for 2012 when you receive your renewal notice from the AMA.
Designate the ASNR as the national medical specialty society that represents you in the AMA HOD.
This is your opportunity to help shape health care policy and strengthen the perspective of Neuroradiologists in medicine’s most influential organization. ACT NOW – DON’T DELAY!
David B. Hackney, M.D., FACR