Great News–DXA Relief is Finally Here!

The evening of March 21, the United State Congress passed Health Care Reform legislation that included some relief from the Medicare cuts to DXA.  The House passed HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Act which was already passed by the Senate in December.  The bill is expected to be signed by President Obama shortly. … Continue reading

DXA Cuts Addressed in Senate Health Care Bill

In the past few weeks, ISCD and our coalition partners cleared a major hurdle in our efforts to address the DXA cuts. Chairman Max Baucus included a provision to remedy the DXA cuts in the much debated Health Care Reform Bill (S.1796, America’s Healthy Future Act) that was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on … Continue reading

Update on DXA in DC CMS Proposes More Cuts; DXA Bill Gains Sponsors

On July 1, 2009, CMS proposed a new rule (CMS-1413-P) that would further reduce DXA reimbursement. As part of the Physicians Fee Schedule, which is published every June,CMS announced that DXA would receive further cuts in 2010, dropping reimbursement by another $8.00, and bringing the national average reimbursement to $45.00. The additional cuts to DXA … Continue reading

DXA Bills Introduced in the House and Senate

The momentum is building…on April 1, 2009 Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) filed a bill to address the DXA cuts. (S.769 Medicare Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing Act). In the House, Representative Shelley Berkley (D-1st-NV)) and Representative Michael Burgess (R-26th-TX) introduced companion legislation H.R. 1894. These bills would return reimbursement for DXA … Continue reading

ISCD Objects to Proposed Medicare Rule

On August 27, 2008 the ISCD filed comments on the latest Medicare proposed rule, CMS-1403-P. The rule included several provisions that threaten our ability to care for osteoporosis patients.  In addition to the administrative burden on physicians, the adoption of this proposed rule represents another assault on the availability of quality DXA. The ISCD argued … Continue reading

CMS Proposes New Rules Regarding Imaging Services in Physicians’ Offices.

Impact on DXA Testing is Unclear. On June 30, 2008 CMS proposed new rules that may have far-reaching implications for physicians providing diagnostic imaging services, including central DXA, to Medicare beneficiaries in their offices. CMS-1403-P would require physicians providing these services in a non-facility setting to comply with regulations that already apply to Independent Diagnostic … Continue reading