MITA Statement on Health Care Reform
Rosslyn, Va. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) said that the historic health care reform law will alter the trajectory of our nation’s health care delivery system by expanding medical coverage to Americans who could not access or afford insurance.
“MITA supports the 75 percent utilization assumption provision in the bill as an important improvement over the 90 percent utilization rate assumption put forward by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in their 2010 physician fee schedule,” said Dave Fisher, Executive Director of MITA.
“MITA and its members will continue to closely monitor these reimbursement reductions — coupled with additional cuts made in 2007 and practice expense cuts implemented by CMS this year to determine if these significant changes will adversely affect beneficiaries’ access to life-saving diagnostic services.
“Further, the new medical device tax included in the new law remains a concern for MITA and its member companies due to its potential to stifle medical innovation, create additional job layoffs and reduce patient access to quality care,” Fisher said.
“As the implementation of the health reform law begins, MITA remains committed to working closely with Congress and the Administration to monitor and evaluate how these changes impact patients, providers, and our member-company employees. Moreover, MITA and its members also look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure that physician-developed appropriate use guidelines are used at the point of care. As a long-time supporter of developing and using appropriateness criteria for imaging services, we believe these guidelines together with an education and confidential feedback program to report patterns of adherence to those criteria will provide CMS with necessary information to limit inappropriate imaging while maintaining patients’ access to needed imaging services that saves lives, improve quality of care and reduce health care costs,” Fisher said.