Skip to content Skip to navigation

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Negotiators Appear Closer to a Deal, with Two-Year Delay of Medical Device Tax in Play

October 14, 2013
by Mark Hagland
| Reprints
The Washington Post reports a possible breakthrough involving the medical device tax under the ACA
As the clock continued ticking down to a possible federal government default on the U.S. debt, leaders in the Senate were engaged on Monday in intensive behind-the-scene negotiations that might possibly lead to a vote to simultaneously raise the country's debt ceiling for some period of time and reopen the federal government, which has been shut down since Oct. 1. One element of the deal that seemed to be emerging on Monday afternoon was reported to be a two-year delay in the implementation of the medical device tax, which is one of the sources for the financing of some elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, according to a report in the Washington Post filed by Jonathan Weisman and Michael D. Shear, a final deal may include "some tightening of qualifications for subsidized insurance purchases."
 
At the same time, Weisman and Shear reported, "House Republicans worked on a separate track to quickly pass a six-week extension of the government's statutory brorrowing authority. But Republican leaders," the reporters said, "were pushing significant changes to the healthcare law, possibly language denying federal subsidies to lawmakers, White House officials and staff members who must buy their health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's new exchanges."
 
As the Post's report Monday afternoon noted, "President Obama on Monday warned lawmakers that the country stood 'a good chance of defaulting,' with devastating effects for the economy, if lawmakers were not willing to quickly set aside their differences in the coming hours and days."
 
Healthcare Informatics will continue to keep readers updated on developments in this rapidly developing situation.
 
Topics

News

Consumers Increasingly Willing to Try Telehealth, New Survey Finds

About one in five consumers said they would switch their current primary care provider (PCP) if another PCP in their area offered telehealth visits, according to American Well’s latest survey.

New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Revalidated as EMRAM Stage 7

Due to its use of RFID technology to improve patient care and outcomes, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYPBMH) has received acute care Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Dana Alexander Named 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award Winner

Dana Alexander, R.N., has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, a joint award sponsored by Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and HIMSS.

Agency Leadership Update: Collins Stays at NIH, Bindman Leaves AHRQ

As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States’ 45th president at noon today, there has been an ongoing administration shuffle as agency leaders have stepped down as part of the presidential transition.

Reports: Indiana Cancer Services Agency Hacked, Won’t Pay Ransom

Earlier this month, Cancer Services of East Central Indiana- Little Red Door’s terminal server and backup drive were hacked by cybercriminal TheDarkOverlord, leading to a ransom demand that the cancer services facility will not pay, according to media reports.

Insurer to Pay $2.2M HIPAA Settlement for Disclosure of Unsecured ePHI

MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.2 million.