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Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

By Associated Press  |  January 31, 2015

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3% tax on medical devices are better than ever, but it won't be easy.

Obama plans to fly new budget, lame duck or not

By Paul Demko  |  January 31, 2015

President Barack Obama was expected to unveil an ambitious budget blueprint Monday that includes new healthcare initiatives aimed at combating diseases, fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria and overhauling the payment system for Medicare.

CMS dialysis clinic ratings won't help patients, critics say

CMS dialysis clinic ratings won't help patients, critics say

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 31, 2015

Critics say the CMS star-rating system for dialysis clinics is too complicated for the average consumer because of how ratings are assigned. And in areas with few choices of facilities, they may be meaningless since consumers have no easily accessible alternatives.

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 31, 2015

Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 31, 2015

Federal health information technology policymakers will turn up the pressure this year on healthcare providers, electronic health-record systems developers and health information- exchange operators to connect their computer systems and share patient data across the nation.

Ohio attorney general sues over Obamacare tax

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Applying a tax to state and local governments designed to help keep premiums affordable under the federal healthcare law is unconstitutional, Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine claimed in a lawsuit last week.

Washington bets $215 million on precision medicine

By Darius Tahir  |  January 31, 2015

The White House last Friday proposed providing $215 million in funding for a sweeping effort involving the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help fulfill the promise of what President...

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, makes the case for the ONC's national interoperability roadmap, released Jan. 30. She explains the plan's call for a nationally standardized "common clinical data set" and the federal role...

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