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A citizen's knowledge of his/her elected government officials is an essential component of political activism. RSNJ Members will find contact information for Elected New Jersey Officials in the U.S. Congress and New Jersey State Legislature inside the Members Area. Members are encouraged to become familiar with their legislators and to write regularly to express their concerns, particularly with regard to NJ Medicaid and prompt payment from third party payers.

On May 21st to May 25th, radiologists from around the United States met in Washington D.C. for the 2017 annual meeting of the American College of Radiology. Some of the main subjects discussed at the conference included health policy trends, including preparation for MACRA, radiologists’ health and wellness as well as the latest innovative technologies such as machine learning and clinical advances to improve performance and quality. In addition, radiologists prepared for meetings with their legislators on Capitol Hill Day that took place on May 24th. Two radiologists from New Jersey, Dr. Gregory Nicola and Dr. Gordon Melville, were honored as Fellows of the American College of Radiology at the meeting.

At Capitol Hill Day, over 500 radiologists gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss issues in radiology and healthcare. Among these radiologists were 10 members of the Radiological Society of New Jersey. This year the members of the RSNJ had the pleasure of meeting with Senator Corey Booker, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Congressman Thomas MacArthur, Congressman Leonard Lance as well as representatives of Senator Menendez and Congressmen Donald Norcross, Frank Pallone, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Frank LoBiondo and Bill Pascrell.

Radiologists advocated for legislators to cosponsor the House of Representatives bill H.R. 1298, the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2017, and asked the senators to introduce such a bill in the Senate. This bill would require Medicare to cover CT Colonography, which was given a grade “A” recommendation for colon cancer screening for adults between ages 50 and 75 by the United States Preventative Task Force in 2016. Given the less invasive nature of CT colonography compared to optical colonoscopy, it is expected that Medicare coverage of CT colonography would increase the screening rates of colorectal cancer which are currently just below 60%. Radiologists also discussed with legislators the importance of maintaining coverage for essential health benefits including breast cancer and lung cancer screening and expressed opposition to NIH funding cuts.

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Hard at work preparing for Capitol Hill Day!

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Radiologists at Capitol Hill.

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Dr. Bramwit makes a point with Senator Booker.

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Radiologists with Senator Booker.

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Radiologists with Congresswoman Coleman, Congressman Lance, and Congressman MacArthur, respectively.


 

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Dr. Youmans discusses CT colonography with a legislative aid of Congresswoman Coleman.

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Dr. Youmans’ first time meeting his Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

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Dr. Robert Graziano and Dr. Nikki Ariaratnam.

 



 

 

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