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Osteoporosis screening bill

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Legislation introduced Nov. 15 in the House (H.R. 4206) would restore Medicare payments to physicians for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to 2006 levels, reversing large cuts for the imaging procedure enacted in 2007 in the Deficit Reduction Act. Payments for DXA, which diagnoses osteoporosis, were $140 in 2006 but are expected to drop to $50 by 2010, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. DXA manufacturers include Hologic, GE Healthcare/Lunar and CooperSurgical/Norland. The bill, introduced by Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., has 41 cosponsors
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