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Monday, December 04, 2017 | Health Care

The Vision Council Leadership Holds Annual Capitol Hill Fly-In

Joined by volunteer representatives from various member companies, The Vision Council held its annual Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee Capitol Hill Fly-In this week highlighting its ongoing…

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Monday, December 04, 2017 | Health Care

Tiny Medicare Raise Gets Tinier, Again

Congress promised physicians that it would increase Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) rates by 0.5% in 2018. Such a raise, in and of itself, would have added 37 cents to the allowable charge for an avera…

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Friday, December 01, 2017 | FDA Approval/Clearance, Health Care

FDA Aims to Expand Early-Approval Program for Promising Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants to help patients get faster access to promising cancer treatments. The agency is preparing proposals that would expand an accelerated-approval program for lifesa…

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Thursday, November 02, 2017 | Health Care, Partnerships

Nautic Partners Announces the Formation of Healthy Eyes Advantage to Support Eye Care Professionals

On November 1, 2017, Nautic Partners announced it created "Healthy Eyes Advantage" in partnership with four industry companies to form an alliance of eye care professionals. Healthy Eyes acq…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Health Care

FDA Quality Pilot Aims to Streamline Device Review Process

The FDA is piloting a new scheme for high-risk medical devices that removes the need for preapproval inspections in return for making more information on device quality available early on, according…

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Friday, July 28, 2017 | Health Care

US Senate Fails to Back "Skinny Repeal Bill"

The US Senate failed to back a stripped-down bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with 49 senators voting for the proposed legislation and 51 against. Senate Majority Leade…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Health Care, Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness Advocates for Essential Health Benefits That Include Children’s Vision Benefits

On July 25, the United States Senate voted 51-50, with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence, on a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation that would ultimately repeal the …

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Health Care

US Senate Narrowly Votes to Move Ahead With Debate on Affordable Healthcare Act Repeal

US Vice President Mike Pence cast a decisive vote Tuesday that swayed an evenly divided Senate to open debate on Republican-led attempts aimed at repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act. &qu…

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Friday, July 14, 2017 | Health Care

US Senate Releases Revised Health Care Bill in Attempt to Find Consensus

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a revised health bill as a replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that aims to find consensus between Republican lawmakers who want a full repeal of the A…

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Monday, July 10, 2017 | Health Care

Georgia Public Health Chief Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, to Head CDC

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Georgia's public health commissioner and someone widely respected in her field, has been named director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health and H…

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Friday, June 30, 2017 | Health Care

FDA Unveils Plan to Eliminate Orphan Designation Backlog

The FDA unveiled a strategic plan to eliminate the agency’s existing orphan designation request backlog and ensure continued timely response to all new requests for designation with firm deadlin…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Health Care

US Budget Office Estimates Senate Healthcare Bill Will Leave 22 Million More Uninsured by 2026

According to a report released Monday by the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO), draft legislation unveiled by the Senate last week to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act will increase th…

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Friday, June 23, 2017 | Health Care

Senate Republicans Unveil Bill to Repeal Affordable Healthcare Act

Republican party leaders in the US Senate unveiled their health care reform bill on Thursday, ahead of a possible vote next week. The legislation follows a version passed in the House of Representativ…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Health Care, Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness to Hold Annual 'Eyes on Capitol Hill' Event, June 27

Prevent Blindness will be holding its eleventh annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy day on June 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Since 2006, Prevent Blindness and its affiliates have brough…

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Monday, June 19, 2017 | Health Care

AMA Calls on Companies to Include Suggested Retail Drug Prices in Consumer Advertising

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a policy urging pharmaceutical companies to list the suggested retail prices of drugs when running direct-to-consumer advertisements, adding it …

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