The 2019 ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., was once again capped by the closing day lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.
The South Carolina delegation (Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and MUSC Residents) was comprised of:
Madelene Lewis (MUSC, Charleston)
Michael Brown (Carolina Radiology Associates, Myrtle Beach)
Matthew Brady (Roper Radiologists, Charleston)
Russell Chapin (MUSC, Charleston)
Naveen Parti (GHS, Greenville)
Rebecca Leddy (MUSC, Charleston)
Joshua McCain (Lexington Radiology Associates, Lexington)
Jonathan Hinshelwood (GHS, Greenville)
MUSC Residents: Dzmitry Haviazheu, Lara Hewett, Madison Kocher, Lauren Snider, Charlotte Wallace
Preparation for the Hill visit was on Tuesday May 21, 2019 afternoon, followed by the RADPAC gala held at the National Cathedral. Our delegation met with representatives from the offices of all seven SC Congressman and Senators Graham and Scott on Wednesday May 22, 2019. This year, our efforts included support for:
H.R. 1298, the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS). This will ensure that women ages 40-49 continue to have access to annual screening mammography without cost sharing.
H.R. 1554, the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act (REDI). This will halt the accrual of interest on graduate student loans during residency.
In regard to so-called “surprise billing“, we reiterated the guiding principals endorsed by the ACR and over 100 other medical organizations in a February letter to Congress. We are hopeful that these concepts will be incorporated into pending legislation.