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Japanese Pacemaker Payment Reclassification Should Be Delayed - HIMA

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Japan's proposed reclassification of pacemaker reimbursement from a "by-brand" to a "by-function" system on April 1, 2000 should be postponed pending refinements to the country's reimbursement classification methodology, the Health Industry Manufacturers Association feels.

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