News We're Watching – 27 January
This feature compiles news briefs on a range of US regulatory and legal happenings. This week: Medtronic seeks HeartWare batteries; companies sign health equity pledge; insulin dosing app cleared; recall on field decontamination kits; and the renewal of an FDA panel.
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Diagnostics Reform Reintroduced in House
The VALID Act, which will hand diagnostics oversight to the US FDA, has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives after it failed twice last year in Congress.
News We’re Watching: SALSA Reintroduced, FDA Approves Abbott Valve, Metallic Implant Study
A bill aimed at preventing laboratory reimbursement cuts has been reintroduced in the US Congress. Additionally, an Abbott valve landed FDA approval, On Target Labs reported trial results, and the FDA warned that dental palate expanders may pose health risks to adults.
HHS Watchdog Blesses Proposed Gift Card Giveaway To Encourage Test Returns
A proposal that would give some patients gift cards in exchange for returning a screening test sample would not violate anti-kickback law because it doesn’t encourage medically unnecessary services, HHS-OIG says.