July 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will introduce the “Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013” (PIMA) in a press conference on Thursday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the House Triangle near the U.S. Capitol.

The goal of PIMA is to cut spending in Medicare by hundreds of millions annually without reducing the essential care that seniors rely on. Current law—also known as the Stark Law—bars physicians from referring Medicare patients for certain health care services in which they have a financial interest, but includes an “in-office ancillary services exception.” The in-office exception has created perverse incentives and led to overutilization. PIMA will eliminate diagnostic MRI, CT, PET, and other advanced diagnostic imaging services, anatomic pathology, radiation oncology and physical therapy – services that are rarely provided on the same day as the initial office visit – from the in-office exception.

Speakers will include representatives from the Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a broad coalition of medical societies committed to ending the practice of inappropriate physician self-referral and focused on improving patient care and preserving valuable Medicare resources.

Press Conference to announce the “Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013”

U.S. Capitol, House Triangle
(In the event of inclement weather, Cannon 210)

Thursday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. ET

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)
Anthony L. Zietman, MD, FASTRO, former Chairman of American Society for Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, FCAP, Chairman, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center
American Physical Therapy Association Representative

Greg Roth, 202-225-3531, Greg.Roth@mail.house.gov