Major imaging companies challenge Bush administration and Congress

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Medical imaging equipment manufacturers, such as GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Solutions and Varian Medical Systems, are pushing the Bush administration and Congress to slow down on the cuts in Medicare payments for the use of their products, according to The Hill.

Joseph Hogan, GE’s president and CEO, and other imaging company officials gathered at the White House Monday to meet with the presidential advisers to press their case that their industry is being asked to bear an unfair burden as Congress and the administration look to restrain Medicare spending.

Trade groups representing the companies are attempting to resist additional regulations and legislation that they say will threaten Medicare patients’ access to necessary, but expensive, imaging studies.