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Neurosurgery Urges CMS to Re-evaluate AUC Imaging Program

Neurosurgery has long advocated that Medicare’s Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging will place an excessive burden on physicians across a broad range of specialties with little evidence of clinical benefit. On Nov. 27, the AANS and the CNS sent a letter urging CMS to re-evaluate the stand-alone AUC program for its necessity and value. CMS has delayed full implementation of the program until 2022.