A health care reform bill recently unveiled by the House of Representatives contains proposals that would increase the presumed equipment-use rate for Medicare reimbursement from 50% to 75% and impose a 2.5% surcharge on the purchase price of new imaging equipment. The changes could cost the medical imaging industry $4.3 billion over 10 years, Access to Medical Imaging Coalition Executive Director Tim Trysla said. The group is planning to lobby the House regarding an exemption to the equipment surcharge.

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