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Senate kicks 'doc fix' can down the road

March 27, 2015 by MassDevice

The U.S. Senate delays a vote on the so-called 'doc fix' bill to change the way Medicare pays doctors, which passed the House earlier this week.

Senate kicks 'doc fix' can down the road

(Reuters) — The U.S. Senate will wait more than 2 weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21% cut in payment rates.

House OKs bipartisan 'doc fix'

March 26, 2015 by MassDevice

The U.S. House of Representatives approves a bipartisan 'doc fix' measure that would repair the way Medicare reimburses doctors.

House OKs bipartisan 'doc fix'

(Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

New bid to repeal medical device tax includes energy 'pay-for'

March 25, 2015 by Brad Perriello

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduces a new bill to repeal the medical device tax that would cover the estimated $29 billion lost tax revenue by eliminating tax loopholes for oil and gas companies.

Markey's medical device tax repeal bid includes energy 'pay-for'

The junior senator from Massachusetts, Sen. Ed Markey (D.-Mass), wants to eliminate the medical device tax and replace the lost revenue by eliminating tax loopholes for the energy industry.

Boehner: Prospects good for Medicare 'doc fix'

March 24, 2015 by MassDevice

Rep. John Boehner says the prospects are good for a permanent 'doc fix' to prevent a 21% cut in the Medicare rates paid to doctors.

Boehner: Prospects good for Medicare 'doc fix'

(Reuters) — U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that prospects are good for passage of a permanent fix to Medicare's flawed doctor-pay formula that would spare physicians from impending steep pay cuts.

Senate Republican budget includes medical device tax repeal

March 19, 2015 by Brad Perriello

The draft budget proposal from Republicans in the U.S. Senate includes language that would repeal the medical device tax.

Senate Republican budget includes medical device tax repeal

Republicans in the U.S. Senate, hoping to pass the 1st budget since 2013, released a budget proposal yesterday that includes language to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax enacted as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Who are medtech's favorites in Congress?

March 17, 2015 by Brad Perriello

Republicans, mostly, as the GOP got the lion's share of the more than $4.5 million in donations the medical device industry gave legislators last year, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Who are medtech's favorites in Congress?

The medical device industry doled out more than $4.5 million to legislators on Capitol Hill last year, with most of the donations going to Republicans and incumbents, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.

Medtech's $33m lobbying spend last year hits 16-year high

March 9, 2015 by Brad Perriello

The lobbying spend in Washington hit a 16-year high of nearly $33 million in 2014, as the industry continued its fight to repeal Obamacare's medical device tax.

Medtech's $33m lobbying spend is an all-time high

The medical device industry's lobbying spend hit its highest point since 1998 last year, nearing $33 million, as the industry stepped up its campaign to repeal the medical device tax enacted as part of Obamacare.

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