MITA Commends HHS for New Efforts to Shift Medicare Payments from Volume to Value

01.29.15

Washington, D.C. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today commended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for setting clear goals and developing a timeline for shifting Medicare payments from volume to value.

“We look forward to working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as it develops and implements new physician reimbursement models that reward value and care coordination, as opposed to sheer volume of services,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA. “MITA is committed to lending our industry expertise to help ensure these alternate payment models provide accurate reimbursement for appropriately-rendered services and maintain patient access to life-saving medical technologies.”

Earlier this week, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward reimbursing providers based on the quality of care they deliver. The initiative marked the first time in the history of the Medicare program that the agency has set explicit goals for alternative payment models and value-based payments.

As just one example of the imaging industry’s efforts to align physician reimbursement with quality, starting in 2016, Medicare will pay less to health care providers for computed tomography (CT) services that do not use equipment that is compliant with MITA Smart Dose CT (NEMA XR-29-2013), a standard incorporating several basic dose optimization technologies.

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The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging and radiation therapy technologies. For more information, visit www.medicalimaging.org. Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.