Medicare cuts make bone scans to aver...

Medicare cuts make bone scans to avert osteoporosis fractures c...

There are 15 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 16, 2008, titled Medicare cuts make bone scans to avert osteoporosis fractures c.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Health specialists for years have been trying to get osteoporosis bone density scans on the same public wavelength as mammograms, prostate exams and other routine screenings for older adults.

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Snatch

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Mar 16, 2008
Lack of foresight seems to be infectious. Look at the tech companies outsourcing jobs to India or China to save a few bucks, only to end up LOSING money overall because of incompetence and poor quality. Someone might think Medicare is saving money by discouraging bone density scans, but it will bite them in the a.ss when people get osteoporosis later and Medicare has to pay for that.
In the Know

Winter Beach, FL

#2 Mar 17, 2008
Women are having trouble getting Mammograms already, and soon may not be able to. The avarage reimbursement in So. Florida for a Mammogram thru HMOs is $55.00. How can a faciltiy afford to continue to offer services that cost them. Mammograms cost about $65.00 to due, to George W., that is is a $10.00 loss to the facility. The avarage reimbursement for an MRI is $450.00 today, the new equipoment cost around 1.5 milion, tech is about $50.00 per hour, the radiologist is about $100.00 per MRI, film, scheduling, supplies..., how many MRIs need to be done to cover the cost per year? When will they stop cutting Medicare, it just doesent effect Medicare patients, the entire insurance industry uses the Medicare fee schedule as a guideline.
In the Know

Winter Beach, FL

#3 Mar 17, 2008
Oh yeah, forgot an MRI service contract is around $10,000.00 per month for upkeep, FPL is around $2000.00 per month plus. Modern medicine is not cheap, it cost money to keep us healthy.
Interest Rates

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Mar 17, 2008
And people still want universal health care?
FMS

Boca Raton, FL

#5 Mar 17, 2008
AND HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA JUST GOT MORE DISGRACEFUL AND DISGUSTING.
WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO CUT ???.
WE HAVE A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF MONEY TO FINANCE A WAR OF ATTRITION BUT WE CAN'T FIND THE MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.
AS VIET NAM VET WITH SOME 22 MONTHS IN SPECIAL OPS, I AM FINALLY BEGINING TO BECOME ASHAMED OF AMERICA, ONE OF THE WORST COUNTRIES ON THE PLANET FOR HEALTH CARE.
WE DO, HOWEVER HAVE AN OVER ABUNDENCY OF WORTHLESS, DIRBAG POLITICIANS WHO CARE ABOUT NOBODY BUT THEMSELVES. ROTTEN TO THE CORE WORTHLESS MAGGOTS WHO WE PLACED OUR FAITH IN TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. INSTEAD THEY HAVE USED THEIR HIGH OFFICES FOR PERSONAL GAIN. MAY THEY ROT IN HELL FOR ETERNITY, STARTING WITH BUSH AND CHANEY.
Provider in Pain

United States

#6 Mar 17, 2008
As a provider of diagnostic medical services I can tell you that anecdotal evidence from around the country suggests that many of us providing these medical services are struggling to survive due to the DRA cuts. These cuts were set into law by a then Republican controlled Congress in committee without a general vote by Congress!

The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) or Budget Reconciliation Act of 2005 was designed to fund the cost of the War and the costs of Hurricane Katrina. Currently there are two Bills, one in the House and one in the Senate that call for a TWO YEAR MORATORIUM on these unfair and unsustainable Medicare cuts. If voted on and successful, during these two years the problem will be readdressed. If people will go online to www.imagingaccess.org they can be an immense help by improving our chances to have these Bills voted and enact the Moratorium. It just takes two minutes to send an email to the legislature. On that website, there is a form letter provided and with your zip code, your legislative representatives email addresses are automatically entered.
Provider in Pain

United States

#7 Mar 17, 2008
By the way the cuts in the DRA averaged 35% over all modalities (x-ray, Bone Densitometry, CT Scans, MRI Scans, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine). How does any business absorb a 35% cut? Manged Care (HMO) averages 50% of Medicare in Dade County, so do the math. It just doesn't pay to do any HMO work.

Early diagnosis is the best chance for cure and less expensive procedures.Having made these cuts, Congress is ultimately limiting access to medical testing that is part of an overall wellness approach as preventive care. Undiagnosed and left to develop, tumors and other disease that could have been restored to health will be harder to treat, less likely to be a good outcome and more expensive in the end.
Rick

Lake Worth, FL

#8 Mar 17, 2008
Medicare studies have demonstrated that in the elderly, it is the slip and fall injury due to a balance disturbance, that primarily causes fractures in this age group! As such, Medicare has decided to put more emphasis on diagnosing and treating these vestibular disturbances, rather than continuing to waste funds for the routine use of bone densitometry, as it is fairly rare for a long bone or a hip to fracture on its' own due to the loss of bone matrix! Finally, a wise use of tax-payer dollars...
Provider in Pain

United States

#9 Mar 17, 2008
Rick, What about cancer patients who take cancer drugs that can cause bone loss? And what about Osteoparotic patients who have bone loss that can be treated with drugs? Both of these patient groups need to be monitored with an annual or more often Bone Densitometry Scan. Vestibular testing is useful when there is a balance problem, but even possible balance or vestibular problems must be properly diagnosed, and as such, an MRI scan is often recommended or required.
In the Know

Winter Beach, FL

#10 Mar 17, 2008
The Medical field, the only industry where you start every year off making less then the year before. Mamma, send your kids to law school.
rich

Delray Beach, FL

#11 Mar 18, 2008
how about people step up and pay for their own tests? everything doesn't need to be free. the test is $140. save $12 a month and go have the test at the end of the year. people think nothing of going out to eat everyday or getting their hair and nails done once a week, but god forbid they had to pay out-of-pocket for anything regarding their health. then suddenly, it's an evil repubilcan conspiracy. what happened to the self-sufficient people who built this country?
Vina

Chicago, IL

#14 Nov 29, 2011
Healthcare providers and medical institutions should provide more venue to help people with recurring bone problems. Just like the website http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com which provides information regarding a defective hip replacement product. Warnings and precautions would really prevent further health problems.
Fille Merced

Philadelphia, PA

#15 May 16, 2012
Health care issues have been endless. I think its hopeless. I have no confidence that I will be reaping the benefits whether I get a Fosamax bone fracture or I suffered an accident which requires an MRI.
http://fosamaxbonefractures.blinkweb.com/
Laila N

Lodz, Poland

#16 Aug 9, 2012
This is unfortunate news. Cancer patients receiving treatment, former corticosteroid taking patients or people in danger of osteoporosis-related fractures require monitoring to avoid future injury or illness just like women have can have mammograms to avoid or minimize morbidity or mortality due to breast cancer.
http://www.fosamaxclassactionlawsuit.com/
john

New York, NY

#17 Oct 19, 2012
Bone scans have been placed in several medical establishments to help determine osteopenia or osteoporosis in people especially the ageing individuals. Some speculate that this is part of pharmaceutical companies' way of advertising their drugs, as well as increasing their sales. Although osteoporosis drugs have been proven to help many patients, bisphosphonates like Fosamax has also been reported to cause thighbone breaks as its adverse effect. You may also refer to http://www.fosamaxinjurylawsuitcenter.com for more information.

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