By Christopher White, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, AdvaMed

For the past several years, policymakers and industry have been exploring ways to improve the quality of health care furnished to individuals while promoting efficiency and value. As I have discussed in the past, I believe that medical technology companies can be a key playerin these coordinated care efforts in light of their specialized clinical knowledge, economic expertise, data analytics proficiency, and supply chain management capability. Unfortunately, various regulatory roadblocks stand in the way of the medtech industry’s full participation in the shift to more coordinated care.

That is why…

By: Susan Van Meter, Executive Director, AdvaMedDx

A Response to 2017 JAMA Oncology Study:

Comparison of Laboratory-Developed Tests and FDA-Approved Assays for BRAF, EGFR, and KRAS Testing

Recently, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital published an article in JAMA Oncology that sought to compare the performance of FDA-approved companion diagnostics (FDA-CDs) and laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). In recent years, public debate and scrutiny has intensified regarding the oversight paradigm for diagnostics as well as the highly disparate treatment of tests that are the same from the perspective of patient risk and safety.

While papers such as these represent an important contribution…

By Patrick Daly, President and CEO, Cohera Medical, and Chairman, AdvaMed Accel

Wearable Breast Pump. Source: Willow

Most people are familiar with the saying, “Big things come in small packages.” What most may not realize is that some of the biggest innovations in medical technology come from small companies. These “up and coming” businesses in medical technology are often the drivers of disruptive innovation, job creation, and economic expansion.

In honor of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), here are examples of five groundbreaking medical technology innovations that are making people’s lives better every day — each of which is thanks to a small…

Diagnostic Tests Can Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance and Save Lives — If We Just Use Them

By Andrew Fish, Executive Director of AdvaMedDx

Antibiotic sensitivity test of Serratia marcescens, a gram-negative bacterium

As any parent has experienced when their child is sick, it may seem like the right course of action to visit the pediatrician and request an antibiotic for what ails them. But the truth is they may not always need an antibiotic, and their misuse is fueling one of the world’s most alarming health crises: The rise of antibiotic-resistant organisms, or so-called ‘superbugs’.

Antibiotics are one of the world’s greatest advances in health care, providing effective, life-saving treatments for infections that throughout human history have been often fatal or debilitating, including strep throat…

By Josh Levine, Chair, AdvaMed Radiation Therapy Sector, President and CEO, Accuray

This year alone, more than 12 million people around the world will be diagnosed with cancer, and 8 million people will die from the disease. While cancer continues to be a major worldwide health concern, and as World Cancer Day approaches, it is important to remember how far we’ve come in the fight against the disease and to shed light on current treatment options that can maximize a person’s chance of recovery and preserve their quality of life.

As the newly elected Chair of AdvaMed’s Radiation Therapy Sector…

By Scott Whitaker, President and CEO, AdvaMed

Source: AdvaMed

Enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act represents the culmination of more than two years of bipartisan work by members of the House and Senate — led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Committee Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). I am proud of the role that AdvaMed played as a leader in the development and advancement of this important legislation from the very beginning.

The final legislation is very positive for the medtech community. It…

By Kenneth Morton, U.S. Navy veteran and product support specialist, Elekta

Source: AdvaMed

I am proud to have served our country as a sailor in the United States Navy for twenty years. Today, I am proud to serve people in need as a product support specialist in the medical technology industry.

The skills I honed in the Navy as an aviation electronics technician translated well into my current role. During my naval career, I managed software systems and learned how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated equipment. In my current role at a medical technology company that is pioneering innovative solutions for…

By Scott Whitaker, President and CEO, AdvaMed

Source: AdvaMed

In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that advancements in medical technology in recent decades have helped save the lives of millions of cancer patients, perhaps even some who are close to you. Radiation therapy — also known as radiotherapy — is one such advancement that is helping more patients live longer, healthier lives every day.

Radiotherapy is integral to the management of most cancers, including the three most common cancers in the world — breast, prostate, and lung cancers. But what many people may not…

By Scott Whitaker, President and CEO, AdvaMed

Source: AdvaMed

This past January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began an aggressive timeline to phase in $4.4 billion in Medicare payment cuts for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) — without first understanding what impact these cuts would have on Medicare patients’ access to necessary medical equipment.

Among the life-sustaining medical devices at stake are home-based respiratory therapies, which are used to treat conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and obstructive sleep apnea. …

Time To Fully Repeal The Medical Device Tax

By Scott Whitaker, President and CEO, AdvaMed

America’s medical device and diagnostics industry helps deliver life-changing medical advancements to patients in need. These innovations allow people to live longer and healthier lives, yield savings across the health care system by replacing more invasive procedures and reducing hospital stays, and help create good-paying American jobs.

As president and CEO of AdvaMed, I know that to continue to advance the benefits of medical technology, we must have the right public policies to support investment, innovation and patient access. This includes permanent repeal of the U.S. medical device tax. Instituted in 2013, the…

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