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Sue Darcey

Senior Reporter

Washington, D.C.
Sue Darcey is a senior reporter covering the medical device and diagnostics industry. Her current fields of expertise and interest include monitoring medical device post market performance and safety, development of new genomic and laboratory developed tests, the influence of industry lobbying and campaign contributions over Senators’ and Representatives’ voting practices and lawmaking on devices, and FDA approvals of diagnostics for emerging diseases, including tests for Ebola and Zika viruses. A Washington, D.C.-based trade journalist with over 30 years’ experience covering Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies including FDA, CMS and the Environmental Protection Agency, Sue is constantly on the look-out for any problems or safety issues connected to device use, ways that firms resolve those issues, and any new regulations that arise from the challenges. 
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If Cadillac Tax Can Be Repealed By Congress, So Can Device Tax, AdvaMed Says

The industry trade group AdvaMed recently pointed to the 17 July US House passage of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax as a pathway for repealing the device tax.

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CMS Expands Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Coverage

The US Medicare agency has decided that evidence is sufficient to cover ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to help diagnose hypertension in beneficiaries who suffer from white coat high blood pressure, and those with suspected masked hypertension.

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New US State And Proposed Federal Laws Would Stop Specialists From Balance Billing

A crop of new US consumer protection state laws and proposed federal legislation is aimed at stopping medical specialists from the practice of balance billing.

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CMS Proposes Dialysis Pay Models In Response To Executive Order On Kidney Health

Prompted by a presidential executive order on advancing kidney health, the US Medicare agency has proposed five new end-stage renal disease (ESRD) payment models to encourage greater use of home dialysis and kidney transplants to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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US Trade Representative Removes Host Of Devices, Parts From China Tariff List

The US Trade Representative’s Office has agreed to remove a group of medtech products and components from its list of those imported from China that initially would be tariffed at 25%, making its exclusion-from-tariffs decision retroactive one year, and extending the exclusion to 9 July 2020.

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MDMA Praises Reintroduction Of STRONGER Patents Act In Senate

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) on 10 July praised US Senate reintroduction of the STRONGER Patents Act, designed to strengthen the US patents systems by making it easier and less costly for patent-holders to enforce their patents, including those which are the intellectual property of device-makers.  Mirror legislation was simultaneously proposed in the US House.

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