Senate Passes RadCARE

December 7, 2006

Senate Passes RadCARE

On December 6, 2006, the Senate unanimously passed S.2322, also known as the RadCARE bill. The bill, introduced by chairman Mike Enzi, R-WY, had already passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee earlier this year to proceed to the full Senate vote. The bill will now go to the House for consideration, where plans are to substitute it for H.R. 1426, or the CARE bill, as SNM fully supports the passage of S.2322 as a replacement.

The provision of the RadCARE bill is to amend the Public Health Service Act to make the terms of technical services for medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments safer, more accurate, and less costly. These standards would have to be met to receive reimbursement for radiation therapy treatments performed on patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

SNM encourages its members to contact their elected officials in support of S.2322 as a substitute for H.R. 1426, especially those who have ties or are constituents to Representatives Pickering, Deal, Dingell, Brown, Barton, Hastert, or Boehner. It is imperative that our members contact their elected officials immediately, as a decision by the House will be made this week. Contact information needed for members of Congress can be located at www.snm.org.