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.
The DXA provision adopted by the House on March 21 requires Medicare to reimburse DXA and VFA during 2010 and 2011 at no less than 70% of the 2006 rates. This means that DXA will be reimbursed at approximately $98 and VFA at $27. These new rates will go into effect as soon as the President signs the bill and are retroactive to January 1, 2010. ISCD and our partners will begin immediately working to determine the mechanics of how CMS will handle the retroactive payments for DXAs performed in the first three months of this year. We will keep you posted with more details as they become available.
Many thanks to all of you who have helped in our efforts over the past few years; your hard work has paid off. We celebrate this success with you. ISCD will continue to ensure that quality osteoporosis testing remains an important preventive health care priority in Congress.
Visit our Advocacy Web site for further updates (www.ISCD.org/advocacy).
Last modified: December 27, 2012