Tag Archives: Medicare

After the CR fistfight: fiscal crisis remains

As the debate over the continuing resolution persists, medical device makers are not the only ones wondering when and how it will end. The device tax repeal has been floated as a condition of a continuing resolution, but it might…

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Two nuggets: precious or not?

Sometimes little nuggets of information don’t mean much, but sometimes they mean a lot. It’s not always clear, though, is it? Following are a couple such nuggets, but I’ll let the reader decide what they’re worth. In a recent congressional…

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Telomerase; miracle medicine or just more cost?

As is the case with many other areas of the modern world, medical science has made enormous strides over the past century or so, and it seems as though the pace of change is accelerating. It’s like being with Edwin…

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The difference between good news and bad news

There’s an old story about a farmer who lost a horse, and the neighbor said “such bad news.” Then the horse came back with a bunch more in tow, and the neighbor said “such good news!” Then the farmer’s son…

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Congress and the doc fix: Is 2013 the year?

A clumsy attempt to address the Medicare Part B physician fee problem has nagged at Washington for a decade, but it appears Congress is ready to put a doc fix in play. Whether it’ll happen depends on politics and, as…

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Three really bad ideas

It has been said there are shortages in this world, but there has never been a shortage of bad ideas. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Here are three really crummy ideas we should all hope end up…

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Five years later: Hays v. Leavitt and the Medicare cost dilemma

Device makers are rightly concerned about the viability of Medicare in the coming decades, but there’s a tremendous amount of pressure on the program right now. For instance, budget sequestration will shave 2% off the monies paid out for Medicare…

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Three Things To Watch in 2013

The new year is in full swing, but just as the Treaty of Versailles left a big mess to be resolved in another bloody conflict a scant 20 years later, the end of 2012 was anything but the end of…

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Meet the New CED

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a draft guidance for the new framework for coverage with evidence development, or CED, a very interesting framework indeed. Following is a list of some fascinating tidbits from the draft guidance….

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On This Date in History: Medicare signed into law in 1965

At the risk of becoming mired in the past, we are inclined to glance backward now and then to see where we’ve been and ask what the past says about where we’re going. So let’s examine July 30, 1965, the…

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