Support for Bipartisan Bill HR2461
The ACR also supports the bipartisan bill H.R.2461, which establishes a floor for DXA testing reimbursement. The ACR has conducted visits to Capitol Hill to lobby for adequate reimbursement rates for DXA testing, and it also encourages members to visit the Legislative Action Center for information on how to contact their state representatives.
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gives DXA testing a “B” rating as an effective screening tool and “it’s recognized by CMS as a fundamental test for elderly women during the ‘Welcome to Medicare’ preventive visit,” Dr. Worthing says.
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Kelly April Tyrrell writes about health, science and health policy. She lives in Madison, Wis.