Category Archives: Reimbursement

A refreshing take on the state of the med-tech industry

Here at Medical Device Daily we’ve become accustomed to the doom-and-gloom stories about our industry. The medical device tax provision in the Affordable Care Act and other emerging realities of healthcare reform along with worldwide economic sluggishness, regulatory and reimbursement challenges, consolidation…

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The implications and future of TAVR

The story of the transcatheter aortic valve implant is well underway thanks to the fact that the Sapien valve, made by Edwards Lifesciences, is on the market, but there is more to this story. Following are three aspects of the…

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Unhappiness of physicians is reflected in some startling numbers in career-recommendation survey

As I read through one particular healthcare-related news item recently, the lyrics to the old “If you’re happy and you know it” song just plain took over my subconscious thinking. You know the one I’m talking about: “If you’re happy…

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J.P. Morgan healthcare meeting augurs trends for 2012 and beyond

Hopefully not lost in all the comings and goings of more than 8,500 people at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week were some important take-home messages about the future of med-tech, a future that promises many challenges…

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Buck for the bang: Premium med-tech pricing

By Adi Renbaum, senior VP for health policy and reimbursement, Neocure Group Cook Medical’s Zilver PTX is likely to become the first peripheral drug-eluting stent (DES) to be approved in the U.S., after an FDA advisory panel voted unanimously in…

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A whole new world

Five years ago this month my byline began appearing on the pages of Medical Device Daily. When I first joined the MDD staff in October 2006 I knew very little about this industry. It was like moving to a new…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Third-party coverage requests

As a member of the trade press, I get a kick out of how routinely some people in the mainstream media and the population at large routinely assume that device makers are driven by greed and that doctors are morally…

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What docs are hearing about healthcare reform’s finances

Healthcare reform has as a million audiences, and it’s interesting to see what some of them are reading about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Let’s look at an opinion piece appearing recently in the New England Journal…

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Doc fix awaiting another patch

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted down a higher debt ceiling for the U.S. government, Congress can go back the drawing board on deciding how many Medicare spending cuts the voters and stakeholders can stomach, but as…

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Forget the naysayers: interventional cardiology’s outlook is great

Top 10 reasons interventional cardiologists should be happy By MARK McCARTY Medical Device Daily Washington Editor Dear Interventional Cardiologist, Worried about Medicare reimbursement for the Next Great Stent? Concerned that FDA’s massive regulatory girth will squash your drug-eluting balloon groove?…

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