Fracture Prevention Coalition Urges Congressional Representatives to Improve Access to DXA
Date: June 09, 2016
Pictured above, from left to right: Towner French, Dr. Peter Steven, Dr. Chris Shuhart, Donna Fiorentino, Dr. Vishnu Sundaresh
Representatives from the Fracture Prevention Coalition participated in a Capitol Hill Day Fly-in on May 24th in Washington, DC, USA to urge members of Congress to support House Bill (HR2461) that would improve patient access to and utilization of bone mass measurement tests. ASBMR member Dr. Christopher Shuhart, Medical Director of Bone Health & Osteoporosis at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, USA, along with 17 fellow physicians and patient advocates representing 15 states, participated in the advocacy event. Collectively, the groups attended 78 Hill meetings including 17 with Senators or their health staff, 48 with Representatives or their health staff, and 3 larger advocate meetings with members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The message was clear: Medicare cuts are dismantling the osteoporosis treatment and prevention model by making DXA unavailable to current and future osteoporosis patients. HR2461 would raise the Medicare reimbursement rate to a level that would allow for broader availability of bone mass measurement tests.