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Three Devices Gain Medicare Add-Ons, Including Boston Sci's New TAVR Protector

The US Medicare agency granted inpatient new-technology add-on payments for Boston Scientific's newly acquired cerebral protection system for TAVR, Respicardia's neurostimulator for sleep apnea and Procept BioRobotics' novel resection system for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The highly selective bonus payments typically help drive adoption for the chosen new technologies.

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Medicare Advisors Mostly Favor TAVR Center Volume Thresholds

The Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee looked at the evidence for procedural volume requirements that hospitals and heart-team members currently must meet to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements versus the prospect of quality measures as a condition of coverage. The discussion at a meeting held this week will inform the US Medicare agency's ongoing reconsideration of its TAVR coverage policy.

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China Shows More Of An Open Door To Overseas Medtech Industry

China's influence on global medtech regulation and the country's continuing emergence on the world stage will be felt increasingly in the coming years. But while China may be less inclined to exclude big medtech multinationals, it feels no compulsion to harmonize totally with the US and/or EU systems.

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Open Payments: Zimmer, Medtronic Top List Of Spenders

Major medical device companies paid almost $1bn in consulting fees, royalties, research costs and other expenses to physicians in 2017, the most recent data release from the US Open Payments database shows. Zimmer Biomet reported the highest spending on general physician payments, while Roche and Medtronic topped the list of research spending.

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