Pre-Bid now on over 2000 items...our LIVE Auction is happening November 2nd

Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments

Never Miss a Story

Sign Up For Weekly Top Stories


More Industry Headlines

The medical chiller owner’s survival guide ...Or, how not to lose your cool

Researchers use MR to guide stem cell therapy for neurological disorders Provides the resolution that's needed

With MR, researchers say they have found the root cause of depression Could lead to more effective treatments

Abbott in $1.2 billion deal to sell device businesses to Terumo Transaction depends on the completion of Abbott's St. Jude acquisition

Alternative Mo-99 SPECT isotope in development Production on alternative metals could stabilize supply

Philips partners with FluoroPharma to enhance CardioPET tracer image quality Study data presented at EANM annual congress

With MR, new biomarker helps researchers monitor brain cancer progress How MR spectroscopy and 2HG are shedding new light on brain tumors

Harley Street site for proton facility faces protest from local London residents Dame Barbara Windsor leads the opposition

Researchers use imaging to investigate the link between ACL surgery and osteoarthritis Can they find a treatment?

Proposed CMS hospital outpatient department rule detrimental for imaging services in CY 2017 Hospitals must communicate with CMS

The latest on
the Washington debate

Round-Up Extra: Governors, State Legislature Group Express Concerns Over Mark-Up

by Astrid Fiano , DOTmed News Writer
Five state governors have sent a public letter to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, with pressing concerns regarding the Chairman's Mark Senator Baucus released last week. The governors specifically had strong disapproval for the $40 billion tax on the medical device industry included in the health care reform legislation.

"We believe strongly that the industry's innovation contributes greatly to the continued growth in the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery within the system and the quality of care provided to patients," the letter states. "This industry is producing new innovations that are crucial to chronic disease management, reduced procedure times, and more precise diagnoses. In short, this industry provides solutions that are integral to our health care reforms."

Story Continues Below Advertisement

qualiTEE - reliabiliTEE - repairabiliTEE - we guaranTEE

Bayer HealthCare Multi Vendor Service will repair your probe with the same precision and care you provide to your patients. Call us at 1-844-MVS-5100 (1-844-687-5100) or visit www.ri.bayer.com

The letter stressed the importance of the medical technology industry to state economy, and the concomitant resources of employees, salaries, and global exports that could be affected by the tax. The governors say the tax would strain those resources, as well as development, support, training, and investment in manufacturing and jobs. The governors feel that the tax on the 80,000 different medical devices would actually increase health care costs, and therefore request that the tax be excluded from the final legislation. The governors who signed the letter were Tim Pawlenty (MN), Mitch Daniels (IN), Jim Gibbons (NV), Gary Herbert (UT), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA).

Governor Rick Perry of Texas also sent a letter to Baucus. Perry's letter protested a different area of the legislation--the expansion of Medicaid and the likely financial burden on the state. Perry suggested that Texas' Medicaid recipients would likely double in number and add $60 million to the state budget. The Governor urged the Committee to consider more flexible and state-specific reforms.

Finally, the National Conference of State Legislatures (a bipartisan organization serving state legislators and staffs) has also has sent a letter to Baucus and Committee member Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), about issues of particular concern for the NCSL. The letter, signed by Senator Don Balfour (GA), NCSL President, and Senator Richard Moore (MA), NCSL President-elect, began by urging that 100 percent federal matching payments are necessary for new mandatory eligibility categories or services and for mandatory increases in provider reimbursements.

NCSL also advocated: inclusion of an automatic counter-cyclical stabilizer for federal Medicaid matching funds to help states in economic hard times; and federal equity for legacy states--to avoid financial penalties on states that have already passed and implemented significant health care reform programs; retention of disproportionate share hospital payments providing funding to states for payments to hospitals serving a disproportionate share of Medicaid and Medicare recipients; and federal and technical assistance to fund reimbursement and recruitment strategies that would increase the number of providers participating in the Medicaid program.

The governors' letter can be accessed at: http://www.governor.state.mn.us/mediacenter/pressreleases/PROD009669.html

Governor Perry's letter can be accessed: http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/O-BaucusMax20090923.pdf

The NCSL letter can be accessed at: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?TabId=18624


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2016 DOTmed.com, Inc.