Joint Commission releases requirements for imaging services

The Joint Commission has released updated accreditation requirements for diagnostic imaging service providers in U.S. hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Although the new rules emphasize imaging safety in positive ways, more specific guidance is needed, according to safety advocates.

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Healthcare hiring boom will bypass hospitals

The healthcare sector of the U.S. economy will be hiring at a faster pace in 2015 as a healthier economy and shrinking uninsured population fuel an uptick in demand for routine and discretionary services. The era of hiring restraint—fueled by the recession and the steady rise in high-deductible plans—appears to be ending.

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Bipartisan Effort to Repeal the Medical Device Tax

Recently House of Representative members, Ron Kind (D) from Wisconsin and Erik Paulsen (R) from Minnesota sent a letter to their colleagues asking them to support legislation to repeal the Medical Device Tax.

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Bill Filed to Repeal Medical Device Excise Tax

January 8, 2015 — Bipartisan legislation to repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Protect Medical Innovation Act (HR 160) is sponsored by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) and was introduced with 254 original co-sponsors. Paulsen and Kind introduced a similar bill to repeal the tax in 2013. Two years ago, 79 U.S. senators voted to repeal the tax as part of a budget resolution.

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