All posts tagged "Health Care Reform"

  • Recon
    Obamascare – Stryker to cut 5% of workforce

    Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based maker of artificial hips and knees, will cut 5% of its global workforce by...

  • Regulatory
    Stuart Smalley to Med Device Community “You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough…”

    Sen. Franken to Top FDA Official: Seek Medical Device Community’s Expertise Before Changing Approval Process for New...

  • Extremities
    Judge strikes down healthcare reform law

    By Tom Brown MIAMI | Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:45pm EST (Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida struck...

  • Regulatory
    Minnesota senators recruit buddies to pressure FDA over 510(k)

    As the duly elected representatives of the great state of Minnesota, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken along with Rep. Erik Paulsen have championed the medical device industry, giving speech after speech and writing letter after letter to the Food and Drug Administration about upcoming changes to its 510(k) approval program. While that’s well...

  • Financial
    Senate deal could mean 1-year Medicare physician payment update

    A recent bipartisian agreement in the Senate would use provisions in President Obama’s health care law to...

  • Uncategorized
    Predictability Competes with Confidence in 510(k) Revamp

    FDA’s massive revamp of its battered 510(k) market-entry program for medical devices has emerged as a struggle between two primary competing goals: industry’s need for better predictability in the system, and the public’s need for restored confidence in the process at the agency.

  • Regulatory
    Indiana medical device makers say fight isn’t over

    It was a rare, stinging setback for medical device and supply companies, including dozens in Indiana that make hospital beds, stents, biopsy needles, artificial joints and thousands of other products used in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Despite spending tens of millions to lobby federal lawmakers and in campaign contributions, the companies lost a...

  • Uncategorized
    House issues six-month reprieve on Medicare cuts

    The U.S. House of Representatives approves a six-month stay in a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians. Nearly a week after a 21 percent cut to the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors went into effect, the U.S. Congress voted to stop the cut for another six months. The Senate...

  • Regulatory
    Legislation circulating in the Mass. House of Representatives would kill the 2008 gift ban governing industry relationships with physicians.

    An omnibus economic development bill wending its way through the Mass. House of Representatives would put paid to the Bay State’s two-year-old “gift ban” governing the relationship between the medical device and pharmaceutical industries and physicians. The gift ban, passed in 2008 and put into effect last year, was aimed at reducing...

  • Uncategorized
    Med device firms eye job cuts due to health-care reform tax

    Local companies plan to make cuts — including job reductions — in response to the upcoming 2.3 percent tax on medical device firms that was part of the national health reform overhaul bill, according to a survey commissioned by the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, the state’s medical device industry association.

  • Regulatory
    NASS Survey Finds Physicians Ready to Make Major Changes in Medicare Practices

    BURR RIDGE, Ill., March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a survey published by the North American Spine Society (NASS), as many as 24 percent of spine care physicians participating in Medicare indicated they will no longer participate in the program if the mandated reductions in Medicare reimbursement to physicians occur later this year. Additionally, more...

  • Regulatory
    Obama hails historic healthcare overhaul

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sealed a hard-fought victory on Tuesday by signing into law a landmark healthcare reform measure that will help shape his legacy and the Democrats’ chances of holding power in the U.S. Congress. “We have now just enshrined… the core principle that everybody should have...

  • Uncategorized
    With Health Care Reform Passing, Has America, as We Know it, Passed Away?

    Uh-oh! Are we in for it now or is this just what the doctor ordered? Based on a number of people that I have spoken with about this topic, it seems as though hardly anyone wanted it to happen. That being said, on March 21, 2010, our healthcare lives may have changed...

  • Uncategorized
    Coverage Denied!

    In the same week that Blue Cross / Blue Shield has issued a press release that they are extending Blue Distinction to over 800 facilities, it has been reported that claims in the New England area are being denied faster than an NBC late night show. Surgeons are cancelling cases and reps...

  • Financial
    A flawed health-reform bill is no victory

    I have worked in healthcare related positions for 30 years. I was the CEO of an Anesthesiology group practice for 7 years, ran a Pediatric group practice for 7 years and for the last nine years have run an orthopedic medical group and an ambulatory surgery center. I am on the board...

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