The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA)—a trade association representing manufacturers of medical imaging equipment, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media, and focused ultrasound therapeutic devices—commended congressional leaders and President Biden for taking action to prevent Medicare cuts affecting healthcare providers across the country. President Biden signed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (S. 610) into law on December 10 to provide a one-year increase in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) of 3% and another six-month of sequestration reductions. 

The delay was passed shortly after MITA joined with seven other imaging and radiology groups in a letter to Congressional leadership expressing their concern with Medicare’s planned cuts to specialty providers.

“Already our nation’s healthcare providers are navigating financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and these cuts would have only exacerbated these problems for both patients and providers,” says Patrick Hope, executive director of MITA. “We’re grateful Washington acted to provide necessary relief by avoiding these cuts.”

In addition to MITA, the letter was signed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Association for Quality Imaging, the Radiology Business Management Association, Rayus Radiology, Shields Health Care, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

To read the coalition letter, click here.