Medical Device Tax Suspended for Two Years

President Barak Obama signed a nearly $2 trillion spending package into law on Friday that included provisions to suspend the sales tax on medical devices through 2017. The suspension of the 2.3% tax was part of a larger spending bill that will fund the government through September 2016.

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BREAKING: Kaiser to open medical school

Kaiser Permanente will open its own independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019. The Oakland, Calif.-based not-for-profit system is planning a school that will emphasize patient care. Leaders say they want to bring Kaiser’s “21st century medicine” model to a broader audience by teaching future doctors how to provide high-quality, population-based care for patients that relies upon a team-based approach to improve outcomes while lowering costs, a method that’s proven successful for Kaiser.
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Medical device tax repeal included in proposed $1.1T spending bill

A two-year suspension of the 2.3% medical device excise tax is included in a $1.1 trillion spending bill that is expected to receive a vote in the House this week, to the delight of industry and med tech associations.

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I Was At The IAMERS RSNA Reception, Were You?

By: Wayne Webster, Proactics Consulting

If you wanted to see and be seen at the RSNA it wasn’t going to happen on the exhibit floor. You needed to be at the IAMERS reception on Monday evening. Each year IAMERS holds its biggest event of the year at RSNA. The Intercontinental Hotel Ballroom is the venue and it is standing room only. There are no buses to transport party goers to a free event that sales people struggle to get people to attend. Not the IAMERS reception. It’s open to members only. If you aren’t a member it’s going to cost a pretty penny for a ticket.

What’s the draw? It’s simple, this is the one time of the year those good enough to be IAMERS members can meet in one place and rekindle and start new profitable relationships. Diana Upton, President of IAMERS arranges the venue, the munchies and the cash bar for the members and the party is on.

This year it was packed, starting at 7 PM there was a line out the door waiting to enter the ballroom. Why do they wait in line and those who aren’t members beg to get in? Because in this world you get what you pay for. If you’re an IAMERS member you belong to an exclusive group of highly qualified medical imaging companies that are making an impact in pre-owned medical imaging equipment around the globe. The best place for these fine companies to meet and get to know each other better is at the RSNA IAMERS reception.

Want to attend next year’s reception? Just remember what they say at American Express, “Membership has its privileges.” Call IAMERS and find out if you have what it takes to qualify for membership.

BREAKING: Health spending growth surges to highest rate since 2007

The Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage to millions of Americans in 2014. Because more people had insurance to pay for healthcare services, demand and spending predictably went up more quickly.

But the important question for the future remains the same: Will healthcare be able to avoid large spending spikes and move to a more sustainable payment system?

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CMS pushes back deadline for imaging decision support

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed its January 1, 2017, deadline for physicians to start ordering advanced imaging studies with clinical decision-support (CDS) software that is based on appropriate use criteria (AUC).

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IAMERS Barcelona Meeting

We had a great time in Barcelona and hope you did too.
Here are a few images from the meeting. Do you have any to share?

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Hyperpolarized MRI aims to slash time needed to determine tumor treatment response

A new MRI technique being studied at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City could cut the time needed to reveal whether a tumor is responding to treatment from a matter of weeks to just a few days.
The technology in question makes use of hyperpolarized MRI to track tumors as they metabolize a sugar solution.

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Spectral Imaging Brings New Light to CT

The ability to perform image acquisition and processing at multiple energy levels is improving visualization for computed tomography and enhancing patient care

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Featured Member Agito Medical

Meet out featured member Agito Medical.

Featured Member Agito

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