Doctors group urges Congress to reject cuts to Medicare imaging tests

The letter argues that the recommendations "could have a number of unintended consequences, including reducing payments to primary care physicians and driving more services out of physician offices and into more expensive hospital settings."

Physicians' concerns are already having an effect.

Last month, the top Democrat and Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to MedPAC urging the board to allow scheduled imaging payment cuts to go into effect before new restrictions are considered.

The letter is expected to be sent to members of the three Medicare authorizing committees — Senate Finance, House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce — as well as House and Senate leadership.