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    DXA Task Force Urges Congress to Pass Bill to Protect Patient Access

    Date: April 03, 2009

     

    In an effort to protect patient access to osteoporosis testing and reduce the physical and economic burden of osteoporosis for millions of Americans, Congress introduced the "Medicare Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing Act of 2009." The legislation urges Congress to reverse the drastic cuts in Medicare reimbursement for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), the imaging procedure accepted as the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis.  Over the last several years, Medicare reimbursement for DXA has been reduced to levels substantially below the cost to perform the procedure. As a result, many physicians and clinics around the country are discontinuing this necessary health service - greatly limiting the public's access to the test and jeopardizing patients' quality of healthcare. 

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