Battle looms over funding cuts for MRIs and CT Scans
Posted Jul 20 2009 10:55pm
This is not a new battle as reductions have been created in the past for imaging centers and the compensation reduced and now it looks as if it is back in place with another potential reduction, basically pushing all to go to the hospitals for major medical imaging, could mean long lines too. BD
WASHINGTON — As Congress debates a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system, a battle is brewing over one provision that could affect the availability of MRIs and other tests, particularly in rural areas.
A coalition of physicians and companies that make medical imaging equipment is lobbying lawmakers to reverse a proposal buried in some versions of health care legislation that would reduce Medicare payments to doctors offering scans in their offices.
President Obama and some Democratic lawmakers say the cuts will curtail overuse of MRIs, CT scans and other imaging tests. Opponents counter that some physicians could be forced out of the testing business, reducing access for everyone — including patients with private insurance.