House letter warns about impact of imaging reimbursement cuts

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Seventeen members of the House of Representatives have written a letter to the House leadership expressing their fears that continued cuts in reimbursement rates will reduce access to medical imaging and suppress imaging equipment manufacturing. The representatives, led by Pennsylvania Republican Jim Gerlach, wrote that imaging cuts could jeopardize the ability of seniors to get access to critical care. In addition, they wrote, "cuts to reimbursement rates reduce the ability for physicians to update their outdated medical imaging equipment, depriving patients of the most innovative life-saving care." Additional reimbursement cuts could also, the representatives wrote, force manufacturers to reduce employment and cut back on research and development. Letter