Good News - U.S. Congress Passes DXA Relief
Date: March 22, 2010
On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the United States Congress passed Health Care Reform legislation that included some relief from the Medicare cuts to DXA. The House passed HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Act which was already passed by the Senate in December. President Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.
The DXA provision adopted by the House on Sunday evening requires Medicare to reimburse DXA and VFA during 2010 and 2011 at no less than 70 percent of the 2006 rates. This means that DXA will be reimbursed at approximately $98 and VFA at $27. New rates will go into effect when the President signs the bill and will be retroactive to January 1, 2010.
Since the first round of Medicare reimbursement reductions to DXA in 2007, ASBMR and its Task Force partner organizations have worked tirelessly to roll back these cuts. Thank you to all who helped with this effort over the last several years. ASBMR celebrates this success with you and will continue to work hard with our coalition partners to ensure that osteoporosis testing remains a health care priority in Congress.