Running of the Bills day, Bennet, Hatch re-introduce MEDTECH Act — 21st Century, SOFTWARE Act en route — Senate HELP to meet on medical innovation today

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TELEMEDICINE ALLIANCE TALKS MEDICARE SAVINGS: Wider use of telemedicine by seniors could benefit Medicare more than an under-65 crowd, a researcher said at a briefing Monday hosted by the lobbying group Alliance for Connected Care. Dale Yamamoto studied telemedicine usage by the customers of Teladoc, American Well, Anthem, and others and predicted the technology would… Read more »

Congress’ SOFTWARE Act: Is it needed?

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“Creating bright lines to differentiate technologies is difficult for many reasons, not the least of which is the unintended patient harm that could result if the lines are drawn incorrectly,” said Kristen Ratcliff, partner at consulting firm Sirona Strategies. Read Article

This Is the End for Washington’s Most Frenzied Lobbying Extravaganza

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“We are expecting to get extremely busy post-SGR,” said Krista Drobac, who represents an array of health care interests at Sirona Strategies, which she cofounded with Kristen Ratcliff. Still, Drobac added, “I think it’ll be pretty hard to rival the urgency of the SGR.” Read Article