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Radiology Patient Action Network urges Congress and CMS to prevent 'cruel' cuts to Medicare Access

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 18, 2023 Insurance
FAIRFAX, VA — The Radiology Business Management Association's Radiology Patient Action Network (RPAN) urges Congress and the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to safeguard Medicare funding for physicians in light of proposed cuts in payments to providers under the proposed 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

"With nearly half of Medicare-eligible women having gone years without receiving a mammogram, it is unconscionable for Congress to again decrease Medicare reimbursement for providers, particularly those who perform screenings and procedures that aid in detecting and treating life-threatening diseases," said Bob Still, the Executive Director of RBMA. "These cruel cuts not only hinder access to healthcare for Medicare recipients, but they could harm Medicaid patients too since many states link Medicaid to Medicare rates. The continued cycle of reimbursement cuts will further reduce access, worsen health disparities, and cost the country an incalculable amount of money over the long term. Congress must take action to halt these substantial cuts to independent Medicare doctors and their patients."

RPAN strongly urges Congress to pass H.R. 2474 on behalf of healthcare providers and patients nationwide. This legislation marks the beginning of a comprehensive reform to Medicare, including an adjustment for inflationary factors. These reforms mirror recommendations from MedPAC and other groups.

"While independent providers with high Medicare volumes face significant reductions in reimbursement, other provider types continue receiving inflationary updates and reimbursement increases," explained Still. "This growing disparity in reimbursement will only foster more consolidation among healthcare providers, aggravating inequities between provider types, and ultimately limiting patient access to care."

About the Radiology Business Management Association
The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) is an industry-leading organization comprised of more than 2,100 professionals who focus on the business of radiology. RBMA members support diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and radiation oncology providers in the full spectrum of practice settings. RBMA connects members nationwide to valuable information, education, and practice-related resources and serves as an authoritative industry voice on behalf of shared member interests.

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