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Medical Alley Hosts Pain Management Roundtable at State Capitol
At the request of legislators, Medical Alley organized a Pain Management Roundtable to raise awareness and showcase technologies and solutions from member companies. As the current opioid crisis continues across the nation, this hearing highlighted non-opioid solutions to the core challenge of pain management.
The Medical Alley Roundtable featured solutions from Smiths Medical, Boston Scientific, AtriCure, and SpineThera and included remarks by Dr. Andrew Will, President of the Minnesota Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Attending the Roundtable were: Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Sen. Michelle Benson (Chair, Health and Human Services Committee), Sen. Chris Eaton, Rep. Tony Albright, Rep. Dave Baker, and Rep. Marion O’Neil. Legislators asked wide-ranging questions about treatment options and access to solutions, while Medical Alley’s Shaye Mandle served as the moderator. Medical Alley plans to host additional events to further raise awareness around solutions that can provide leadership in stemming the tide of opioid-related health issues in Minnesota and across the nation.
Genevieve Plumadore Joins the University of Minnesota Team
Genevieve Plumadore, former VP of Government Relations for Medical Alley, has joined the University of Minnesota as Director of State Relations. Genevieve joined Medical Alley in 2013 and is widely recognized as one of the finest and most effective advocates in Minnesota. The Medical Alley team wishes Genevieve all the best!
A search for a Medical Alley advocacy leader is currently underway.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding and Telemedicine Bills Front and Center in Congress
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired two weeks ago after Congress failed to pass a bill funding it before its funding deadline.
However, last Wednesday night, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation that would reauthorize funding for the program, with a vote along party lines. The committee also completed mark-up of the FAST Act (H.R. 1148), which would expand telestroke and telemedicine reimbursement rates.
The Senate Finance Committee has deemed action on Medicare and Medicaid “extenders” as a top priority, and also completed its mark-up of the Senate’s own CHIP bill on Wednesday evening.