News Headlines Article

Reform Provision Would Require Providers to Buy Testing Equipment for Obese Patients
Health Leaders Media - Cheryl Clark

Three paragraphs in the latest version of the Senate’s health reform bill could lead to an enormous increase in the cost of medical diagnostic equipment for physician’s offices, clinics, and hospitals, in part to accommodate the obese or morbidly obese. Within two years, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board would set standards to assure that people with “accessibility needs” can be treated “in physician’s offices, clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, and other medical settings,” according to Section 510 of Title IV of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.