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MRI imaging payments – a case study in the health care reform struggle

In another fine example of its dedication to important health care journalism, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a piece, “Debate on MRI payments just one hurdle for reform.

Gems in this piece include:

  • Information on the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition, a group backed by the major manufacturers of imaging equipment, including GE Healthcare. The paper reports: “That industry backing goes unmentioned by the innocuously named group. The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition, which includes cardiologists and radiologists, is just one of the myriad special interest groups that often oppose cuts in what Medicare pays for medical services.”

  • “The reality is the status quo puts a lot of money in a lot of people’s pockets,” said Alwyn Cassil, a spokeswoman for the Center for Studying Health System Change, a policy research organization in Washington, D.C.

    Another reality is groups such as the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition often succeed in persuading Congress to protect their interests.

Read the entire piece. It includes local angles on local industry affected and about Wisconsin legislators’ activities in this area. A fine example of local journalism on a national issue.

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