(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, Daniel F. Gottlieb, Esq) -- In response to a dramatic increase in the volume and cost of diagnostic imaging and other ancillary services furnished to Medicare patients in referring physicians’ offices, the Medicare Patient Advisory Commission is considering ways to rein in both. MedPac, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, is looking at a menu of changes to the Stark law's in-office ancillary services exception (in-office exception) and certain physician payment reforms. While MedPac can only recommend, not enact, changes, its recommendations typically receive serious consideration from Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and often become law.
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