President Signs Opioids Bill Calling For Alternative Tech, More Pain-Control Research
Industry groups praised newly enacted opioid-control legislation Oct. 24. The legislation will put more attention on existing medtech alternatives to addictive opioids and support research on new devices. Industry was positive about the new law, despite its expansion of sunshine reporting requirements that they oppose.
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Medtech firms couldn’t convince the US Medicare agency to propose additional temporary payments under Medicare for non-opioid pain management device alternatives in its proposed rule for outpatient hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. In response, industry advocacy group AdvaMed plans to gather more data in support of payment incentives before a mid-September deadline comes for comments on the rule.
The medtech industry should expect legislation to gain attention in the US Senate in the coming months to lower health-care costs and promote transparency to allow cost-conscious patients to shop for the most effective and lowest-priced surgical and advanced imaging procedures, as well as bills to repeal the device tax, key Senate health players say.