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Lobbyists Say ObamaCare Medical Device Tax Repeal Within Reach

Healthcare lobbyists say they’re close to winning repeal of the medical device tax in ObamaCare. Republicans and some Democrats in the House are pushing to eliminate the 2.3 percent excise tax in legislation as Washington has approached year-end talks to get the government running again and lift the debt ceiling.

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Senate Approves Helium Bill to Maintain Federal Reserve of the MRI Cryogenic Gas

The U.S. Senate passed legislation Sept. 26 to reauthorize, extend and improve operations of the Federal Helium Reserve in Texas, which will guarantee a stable supply of the gas used for cooling magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.

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Regional Variation In Imaging Not Best Gauge For Policy-making

Curbing geographic variation in imaging use and costs has been a major target of policy efforts in recent years. But it’s unclear whether focusing on these factors is the best way to rein in Medicare spending, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Medical Device Tax Takes Center Stage In Budget Showdown

GOP senators lead by Utah’s Orrin Hatch stuck to their word that they’d work to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that went into effect January as part of the Affordable Care Act–House Republicans included the provision in their bill to fund federal agencies into the next fiscal year, passed by the House lateSaturday night.

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