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U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Reauthorizing FDA's User Fees Progams
Last week the Senate passed H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017 by a vote of 94-1, with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) casting the lone “no” vote.
Reauthorization of the FDA’s user fee program includes the Medical Device User Fees Agreement (MDUFA) as well as the Prescription Drug User Feed Act (PDUFA).
Included among the bill’s provisions are requirements for the FDA to annually publish information regarding the previous year’s inspections of medical and pharmaceutical facilities, as well as the amount of time between phases in the inspection process.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. House passed the bill before sending it to the Senate, where it has now passed. From here, the bill heads to the desk of President Trump for his signature before it can become law. A spokesperson for the Trump stated, “The President will sign this bill, but we look forward to working with Congress to address further negotiations.”
Investments in Telemedicine Continue to Pour In
Medicare spending involving telemedicine increased 28 percent in 2016, with nearly $30M spent by the agency on funding the technology. Since 2014, government reimbursement for telemedicine has grown nearly two-thirds.
Advocates for telemedicine are likely to continue to seek changes that would make the technology have a more prominent role in healthcare delivery to underserved populations, such as rural communities and Native American reservations.
Efforts to increase reimbursement rates have proven difficult, despite bipartisan support to increase the use of telemedicine in healthcare delivery.
Legislators Get Firsthand Look at Medical Alley Association's Membership
During session and in the interim, our government relations team strives to foster relationships between MAA members and the elected officials who represent them at the Capitol.
One of the ways that we do this through site visits and tours, which allow MAA members to showcase their work and advancements in their industry to legislators! Legislators gain invaluable insight into the groundbreaking work that is being done in their districts, and MAA members receive an opportunity for receive recognition for their work!
MAA members who are interested in hosting a tour at their facility should e-mail Stephen Chang, our Government Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Senator Paul Anderson tours the Medtronic APV in Plymouth.
U.S. Congressman Jason Lewis tours American Donor Services in Cottage Grove.
U.S. Congressman Jason Lewis tours Biothera in Eagan.
State Representative Nolan West tours Tamarack HTI in Blaine.
State Senator John Hoffman tours Biomerics in Brooklyn Park.