Obama administration set to implement HEU reduction plan

12/9/2012 | Global Security Newswire

The Obama administration on Jan. 1 is set to implement a Medicare payment system that will add $10 in government reimbursement for every diagnostic test conducted by hospitals and other facilities without the use of highly enriched uranium-based isotopes. Health care industry officials said the modification may be insufficient to cover costs in shifting to non-HEU isotope production, and officials with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology said the explanation of the $10 calculation was lacking. Last week, the Senate approved an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would start the process of ending U.S. exports of HEU material to isotope producers in other countries.

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