Osteoporosis Politics: Cuts in Reimbursement for Key Screening Exam (DXA)?

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  • An osteoporosis controversy, centered on the affordability of DXA scans, a common osteoporosis screening test, is heating up in the political arena.

     

    The amount Medicare reimburses doctors for performing DXA bone scans (currently the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis) is being cut, sometimes prompting private insurers to follow suit. This can affect the availability of this important diagnostic procedure, because fewer doctors may choose to perform this exam as it becomes less cost-effective.

     

    A bill (H.R. 4206 "Medicare Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing Act of 2007") proposed in Congress in November 2007 would reverse these reductions, and supporters argue that paying for the test can actually save health care dollars in the long run by preventing and treating osteoporosis before the patient suffers a serious fracture.

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    To read more about the DXA screening affordability issue, check out http://www.nof.org/news/pressreleases/DXA_bill.htm

     

    The issue seems to be under the radar of leading Presidential candidates. 

Published On: January 07, 2008