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Industry, Caregivers Protest Imaging Cuts

Over 30 organizations, including AdvaMed and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), have sent a letter to Congress decrying cuts made in medical imaging services for Medicare recipients. The cuts were part of the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005. Particularly troubling is that the cuts were inserted into the bill without any public debate in either house of Congress. The letter also maintained that no analysis had been performed and thus there could be unintended consequences.

Imaging services would absorb more than one-third of Medicare cuts if the bill were to stand unchanged. This underscores how shortsighted Congress can be, and how much work industry has to do to get Washington to appreciate the true value of medical technology.

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