Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Global Security Newswire
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is formally proposing to pay hospitals and other medical facilities more if they conduct diagnostic procedures on their Medicare patients using radiological isotopes that were not produced with bomb-grade uranium (see GSN, June 26).
The plan is tucked away in a wide-ranging, 687-page proposed rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department on Monday that makes numerous adjustments to the Medicare payment system. It is the latest move by Washington to wean the United States off medical isotopes produced with highly enriched uranium, which could be used to make a nuclear weapon if it fell into the wrong hands.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:27 PM