Issue Background

Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing

Please send an email to your senators and representative  asking him or her to cosponsor S. 283 and H.R. 2693. This legislation will help America’s patients avoid unnecessary fractures through the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis detected by DXA scans.  ASRT has created a message for you to use and an easy way to send it to Washington through the ASRT Advocacy Action Center.

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ASRT believes that dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scans are an important tool in diagnosing osteoporosis in patients. Debilitating, serious fractures can be prevented in men and women through early detection and treatment of osteoporosis.  United States Senate Bill 283 and House Resolution 2693, the Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act, has been introduced in Congress by Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. John Larson of Connecticut. SB 283  has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for action and HR 2693 has been referred to the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees. These bills will set a floor for Medicare reimbursement for DXA procedures, increasing patient access to the procedure by ensuring a reimbursement rate of no less than $98 per scan. 

Radiologic technologists reduce these debilitating fractures with effective DXA testing, leading to diagnosis and treatment. After a decade of increased osteoporosis testing rates, the percentage of people tested for osteoporosis has declined significantly since 2009 following a dramatic decline in the reimbursement for the test. Previous Medicare payment cuts for DXA scans has wiped out prevention efforts resulting in fewer patients being tested and fewer providers offering DXA testing. By setting a floor for DXA funding, we hope to reverse this dangerous trend.

DXA scans are an important tool used to detect osteoporosis in patients. Osteoporosis is debilitating, deadly and costly, yet it remains under-recognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated.