Hackers Broke Into The Big 3–And Left The Door Open For Months, Report Says

It’s a story that could confirm the worst fears of med tech implant wearers at the highest level of U.S. government: Some time during the first half of 2013, hackers reportedly broke into the computer networks of the big three medical device makers, and the breach might have stayed open for “several months.”

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BREAKING NEWS: SGR Repeal Deal Reached

A bipartisan team of U.S. House and Senate negotiators has reached a deal to repeal the unpopular sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, according to MedPageToday.Under the arrangement, physicians will see a yearly pay raise of 0.5 percent for the next five years according to the article.  House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the last holdout of six chairmen or ranking members, signed onto the deal late Wednesday, according to Politico.

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MRI Scanner Installed Base Is Long In The Tooth

The average age of the installed base of MRI scanners in the U.S. grew from 8.7 years in 2010 to 11.4 years in 2013, meaning that many scanners could be due for a replacement, according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division. With the last spike of new MRI installations taking place from 2002 to 2004, the market is ready to replace older units that are at the end of their useful lives, said Lorna Young, senior director of market research at IMV, in a statement. Imaging providers also plan to take advantage of the wider bore sizes and higher magnet field strengths that are now available, she said.

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Expect More Affordable Care Act Legislation Coming Down The Pike

Although it’s been four years since the Affordable Care Act became law, the Obama administration still has to release several major reform provisions, including details on essential health benefits and the employer mandate, that have been delayed.  More than 12 rules could be published as early as this year, PoliticoPro reported.

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