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Effort to cut Medicare spending on imaging scans gets pushback
California Watch

A Medicare advisory body is urging Congress to cut pay to doctors for MRIs, CT scans and other imaging procedures, noting that use of such devices has surged since 2000, particularly among doctors who stand to profit from each scan.

The proposal by MedPAC, or the nonpartisan Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, has been controversial, though, including opposition from two Congressmen who note that payment changes in 2005 already slowed the growth of those imaging services.