ACA Repeal: A Look At Device Procedure Impacts
A select group of legislators are working behind closed doors on a Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It's not yet clear how close or far apart it will be from the House American Health Care Act, but here is a graphical look at what the AHCA might mean for device procedure volumes.
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