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Senators Demand More Spending On Imaging?!

July 22, 2011
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What’s this? A group of U.S. senators—including three Republicans—ranting against reductions in Medicare spending for imaging?

It’s true. Senators John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, were the lead authors of a letter complaining about the reductions. They sent it on Wednesday to President Obama.

According to HealthImaging.com, the letter said: “Rural practices are shutting down, physicians are being forced to hang on to outdated equipment and medical imaging manufacturers are scaling back research and development, the results of continued cuts to Medicare reimbursements for imaging.”

The letter emphasized the jobs angle:

The consequences are more seniors and disabled Americans without access to quality or any care and dwindling payrolls at some of the country’s medical imaging innovators.

By HealthImaging.com’s count, there have been seven rounds of reductions in Medicare imaging reimbursement, leaving reimbursements for many procedures at half of what they were in 2006.

Jane Norman of Congressional Quarterly listed further planned tightening. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently recommended reductions in Medicare reimbursements for advanced imaging. The recommendations included a prior-authorization requirement for doctors who order substantially more advanced imaging than their peers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a 2012 fee schedule that would cut payments for CT, MRI, and ultrasound scans administered to the same patient on the same day and in the same place.

And the deficit-reduction talks now consuming Washington have spawned myriad reports of proposed Medicare cutbacks for imaging.

Signing the letter were Senators Kerry, Kohl, David Vitter of Louisiana, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Maria Cantwell of Washington, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. Vitter, Brown, and Alexander are Republicans; the others are Democrats.

So why would this particular group of senators care so deeply about Medicare imaging reimbursements? Norman, of Congressional Quarterly, points out that their “states are home to imaging equipment manufacturers.”


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