Ask Congress to support legislation that provides a sustainable Medicare payment for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) bone density scans performed in a physician’s office to help preserve beneficiary access to osteoporosis testing, prevention and treatment services. A DXA bone density test is now covered every 2 years as part of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, in addition to being part of the Welcome to Medicare exam but incentives for beneficiaries to utilize preventive health services, like a DXA test, are meaningless if patients cannot access this service in their communities.
Medicare reimbursement for DXA has dropped from $140 in 2007 to $42 in 2018 – a payment reduction of 70%. Current payment rates do not cover the physician cost of providing these services, and as a result the capacity to provide DXA services within the healthcare system is being reduced and fewer patients are being tested.
The ACR has been working to address the decline in Medicare reimbursement for DXA and the corresponding decline in DXA testing. The Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 2993/S. 283) has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to set a floor for Medicare reimbursement for DXA at $98.
We need your help educating members of Congress on DXA legislation. Please send a quick email today asking your Representative and Senators to become a co-sponsor today.