Grassroots Advocacy in Action

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As part of ongoing joint society efforts to stop proposed reimbursement cuts of up to 80 percent for myocardial positron emission tomography (PET) scans in the physician office, the ACC mobilized its grassroots network in support of a bipartisan congressional sign-on letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining the negative impacts the cuts would have on patient access.

Thanks to over 800 ACC members from across the U.S., more than 1,000 emails were received by members of Congress, resulting in a total of 43 members of Congress signing on to the bipartisan letter.

In addition, the College educated over 100 members of Congress and met with officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS, and staff from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee about the impacts of the proposed cuts.

The ACC, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM), the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance (CAA) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) continue to work together to address these proposed cuts and educate policymakers on the potential ramifications to patient care, particularly in rural areas, should the rule be implemented.

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