Lawmakers: Imaging use unfairly blamed for Medicare spending rise

05/31/2011 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

Reps. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., and Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., are asking the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to review the data on medical imaging use, particularly its conclusion that imaging is increasing Medicare spending, before it finalizes its recommendation on imaging fee schedules. The congressmen said a report from the Moran Company found that spending for advanced imaging in 2007 decreased by 19.2% compared with the previous year as a result of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. A report from the Government Accountability Office also showed that Medicare reduced reimbursement by $1.7 billion the first year that the DRA took effect, Pitts and Pallone said.

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