SNM opposes CHAMP Act

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In an effort to protect access to medical imaging, SNM signed a letter addressed to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, opposing certain provisions of Section 309 of the Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, which passed in the House on Aug. 1, 2007.

SNM, a member of the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition wrote the letter to contest certain provisions of Section 309, which direct the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut imaging reimbursement.

The CHAMP Act’s Section 309 directs CMS to increase its assumption on the amount of time imaging equipment is used from 50 percent to 70 percent because the higher the utilization rate, the lower the unit of service costs will be, said Gary Dillehay, chair of SNM's coding and reimbursement committee.