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Congressmen Anthony Weiner And Bruce Braley To Offer Self-Referral Amendment To House Health Care Reform Package

Congressman Anthony Weiner and Congressman Bruce Braley have decided to offer HR 2962 as an amendment to the Healthcare Reform Package currently being debated in their committee. Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California introduced HR 2962, the Integrity in Medicare Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Act of 2009. The bill would prohibit the practice of self-referrals among physicians for MRI, CT and PET imaging services.

American College of Radiology has long-advocated for the closure of this loophole which allows physicians to refer their patients to imaging equipment they own within their office.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is one of the three jurisdictional committees “marking up” (debating and offering amendments to) healthcare reform legislation this week.