Medicare cuts to hit imaging hard

Imaging has taken enough punishment, according to FierceMedicalImaging Contributing Writer Mike Bassett. Despite Medicare imaging costs dropping by 21 percent from 2007 to 2010, the services are the target of reimbursement reductions, especially under the proposed 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule, which the American College of Radiology calls "potentially dangerous, unfounded and unnecessary."

"I hope that policymakers and payers--particularly Medicare--see that imaging has been hit hard and that there's no need to make any further cuts in imaging reimbursement," David C. Levin from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital told FierceMedicalImaging. --Read the full commentary on FierceMedicalImaging