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AMA: Proposed Cuts to Medicare Payments for Diagnostic Imaging Will Compromise Patient Care

For immediate release:
June 29, 2011

Statement Attributable to:
Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The AMA strongly opposes a proposal to use significant cuts to Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging to offset the cost of a trade agreement. The stability of our Medicare system should be a top priority for policymakers – not a bargaining chip for unrelated negotiations.

“Patients and physicians are struggling with a broken Medicare physician payment system that will result in a nearly 30 percent cut on January 1, threatening access to care for seniors. Diagnostic imaging in particular has already seen significant reductions over the past five years, with payments for some services down over 60 percent and additional cuts scheduled to occur. These proposed cuts would further threaten patients’ access to care.”

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Contact:

Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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