Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2017

The middle of 2017 is shaping up to be a continued whirlwind of activity for medtech. FDA is getting used to its new leadership but is facing a continued lack of clarity on user fees and UDIs. Industry is seeing a deeper consolidation in medical supplies, exemplified in Cardinal Health’s purchase of patient recovery supplies from

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FDA extends UDI compliance date for low risk devices

Labelers of class I and unclassified devices recently got a reprieve when FDA announced an extension of the compliance date for unique device identification (UDI). Makers of devices such as manual surgical instruments and mechanical wheelchairs will have 2 extra years to get these devices submitted to the Global unique device identification database (GUDID), FDA announced last

Why adding device identifiers to insurance claims protects patients

The pushback to adopting unique device identifier into claims forms is that the added steps will be burdensome for hospitals. But documenting device identifiers in claims forms is actually “feasible” and “straightforward,” and requires only modest effort, according to a new whitepaper from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Of particular concern was that the device claims

Beyond UDIs: The drug industry has something to teach medtech about value-based care

Unique device identifiers are about to revolutionize the medical device market. But with nearly 40 years of experience in collecting information on pharmaceuticals for healthcare providers, pharmacies, and payers, First Databank (FDB) officials know that UDIs alone won’t be enough. Medtech needs to think beyond UDIs and connect them with electronic health records (EHRs) and healthcare

Health insurance industry committee says yes to UDIs in claims forms

The X12 advisory committee—which helps formulate standards for the insurance industry— has recommended changes that will allow standard health insurance claims forms to record unique device identifiers (UDIs). Putting UDIs in claims forms has widespread support. Hospitals, providers, payers, and patient advocacy groups welcome the recommendation, says Ben Moscovitch, who manages health information technology at The