MITA VP decries imaging cuts in CHAMP

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Medical Imaging Technology Alliance (MITA) vice president Andrew Whitman issued a statement yesterday asking the U.S. House of Representatives to strike provisions of H.R. 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act (CHAMP), which proposes significant cuts to the reimbursement of medical imaging services.

“H.R. 3162’s proposal to cut another 52 percent of these vital services now poses a real and future danger to America’s seniors by denying them access to the life-saving diagnostic and treatment services for  breast, ovarian, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis,” Whitman said.  “As H.R. 3162 is debated in conference, MITA strongly urges striking those provisions of sections 301 and 309 which curb healthcare providers’ ability to give the best possible care to Medicare patients - our most vulnerable population.”

The House passed H.R. 3162, to amend titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the children's health insurance program, to improve beneficiary protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and the CHIP program, by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 204 nays, late yesterday.