A total of 202 bipartisan co-sponsors have demonstrated support for H.R. 3269, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR). H.R. 3269 would repeal the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-mandated payment reduction to the professional component of Medicare reimbursement for multiple diagnostic imaging services administered by the same physician, to the same patient, at the same session.
“This multiple payment cut affects the most vulnerable of patients—those with severe trauma or with cancer and other serious illnesses which require multiple imaging procedures. Many members of Congress already understand the negative consequences of this policy and recognize continued cuts in Medicare funding for medical imaging will limit access to life-saving imaging care overall,” said John A. Patti, MD, chairman of the ACR board of chancellors, in a statement.
ACR continues to work closely with House leaders to move H.R. 3269 forward as a legislated mandate this year.