Group: Medicare cuts would reduce community-based imaging

11/3/2009 | HealthImaging.com

The increase from 50% to 90% of the assumed Medicare equipment use rate as part of the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule would reduce community-based imaging and limit imaging services to large hospitals, which could lead to delayed diagnosis of serious conditions, a radiology group said. "Many hospitals are not equipped to handle the substantial influx of patients that could result from the inevitable closure of rural and suburban imaging facilities caused by these cuts," one of the group's officials said.

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