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Issue: "Medical Innovation"

Real World Data and its promise for medicine and research

Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
Tue, 2014-07-29
"Better access to data about real world patient experience holds enormous potential to help achieve many of the goals of health reform, including improving the quality and delivery of medical care, reducing costs, and improving safety and outcomes by accelerating the knowledge base upon which the development of new treatments and cures relies. Capturing data about the actual experience of patients outside of the carefully controlled clinical trial setting – Real World Data – can help fill the knowledge gap between clinical trials and clinical practice. RWD offers a treasure-trove of information that could allow providers, innovators, health plans, researchers, and others in the scientific and medical communities to make faster, more efficient, and less costly advances in medical research and clinical treatment.

Implementing Health Reform: Appellate Decisions Split On Tax Credits In ACA Federal Exchange

Timothy Jost, Washington and Lee University
Thu, 2014-07-24
"July 22, 2014 was arguably the most important day in the history of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the National Federation of Independent Business case in June of 2012. As no doubt most readers of this blog know by now, shortly after 10 a.m. the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down its decision in Halbig v. Burwell. Two judges ruled over a strong dissent that an Internal Revenue Service rule allowing federally facilitated exchanges to issue premium tax credits to low and moderate income Americans is invalid. Approximately two hours later the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, unanimously upheld the IRS rule in King v. Burwell. Combined, the cases contain five judicial opinions, three in the Halbig case and two in King. Four of the six judges voted to uphold the rule, two to strike it down."

GOP seeks to kill O-Care device tax

Bernie Becker, The Hill
Tue, 2014-05-13
"Senate GOP leaders on Tuesday called for a vote to kill ObamaCare’s tax on medical devices, as part of a broader package to revive tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. But the tax package is popular with members of both parties, and it’s unclear if Republicans have the leverage to win a vote on the medical device tax. Republicans stopped short of saying they would oppose the tax package without the medical device vote."

Why Both Sides Are Losing the Health Care Debate

Robert F. Graboyes
Politico Magazine
Tue, 2014-05-06
"The Great Debate, you see, is not a debate but, rather, dueling monologues, spoken in mutually unintelligible languages that use the same words, grammar and syntax."

Get Ready for Huge Drug Cost Gap in Obamacare

The Associated Press
Mon, 2013-05-13

"Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn. Where you live could make a huge difference in what you'll pay."

Unnecessary Regulations that Increase Prescription Drug Costs

Devon Herrick, National Center for Policy Analysis
Thu, 2013-03-07

"Most health plans provide some prescription drug benefits. Drug coverage will become more prevalent as more uninsured families gain health insurance as a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)... As drug coverage has become widespread, so have calls to impose additional regulations on drug plans and the firms that manage them. In the guise of protecting consumers, there are frequent calls for state and federal lawmakers to enact laws that hamper efficient management of prescription drug benefits. These efforts are short-sighted."

GOP, Dems Call For Repeal Of $30 Billion Medical Device Tax

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill
Thu, 2013-02-07

"A bipartisan group of 180 House members — consisting of about 40 percent of the House — has reintroduced a bill to end the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that was imposed under President Obama's healthcare law."

ObamaCare Highlights Top Hospitals — And Bars More

David Hogberg, Investor's Business Daily
Wed, 2013-01-23

"The Obama administration says it's identified hospitals that provide patients with the most value under a new ObamaCare bonus program. Unfortunately, they turn out to be the very same facilities that the sweeping health care law tries to block from expanding. ObamaCare has impeded the expansion of the hospitals that may provide patients with the most value according to the results of an ObamaCare bonus program."

ObamaCare, Taxes, and Wishful Thinking

Kevin Williamson
National Review Online
Tue, 2012-12-11

"A group of Democratic senators is seeking to delay the implementation of new taxes on medical-device manufacturers, citing concerns about competitiveness for the industry. Other than what they believe to be temporary economic weakness, all of the arguments the Democrats make against implementing the tax now are arguments against implementing it ever. My prediction is that this one will be the first to go."

Medical Device Tax Would Thwart Innovation

Dan Moore, Greg Sorensen and Timothy M. Ring
Politico
Thu, 2012-11-15

"Every day, America’s medical technology community gets up and goes to work, focused on improving the lives of patients throughout the world. Whether manufacturing pacemakers, CT scanners or catheters, our passion for innovation and ingenuity is why this proud American industry continues to lead the world in these challenging times. Unfortunately, in fewer than 60 days, a new medical device tax will hit this innovative industry, and it threatens patient care and U.S. jobs."

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