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Sue Darcey

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Washington, D.C.
Sue Darcey is a senior reporter covering the medical device and diagnostics industry. Her current fields of expertise and interest include monitoring medical device post market performance and safety, development of new genomic and laboratory developed tests, the influence of industry lobbying and campaign contributions over Senators’ and Representatives’ voting practices and lawmaking on devices, and FDA approvals of diagnostics for emerging diseases, including tests for Ebola and Zika viruses. A Washington, D.C.-based trade journalist with over 30 years’ experience covering Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies including FDA, CMS and the Environmental Protection Agency, Sue is constantly on the look-out for any problems or safety issues connected to device use, ways that firms resolve those issues, and any new regulations that arise from the challenges. 
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Leap In US Sales Of IUDs Linked To Trump Election, ACA Repeal Efforts

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CMS Nominee Seema Verma Urges Caution On Competitive Bidding Program

Seema Verma, President Trump’s pick to run the US Medicare agency, told the Senate Finance Committee that rural areas should not have to comply with CMS’ medical supplies competitive-bidding program if it is not a good fit. Verma was also questioned on changes she might make to the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare program, but did not offer many specifics.

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House Ways And Means Committee Membership, 115th Congress

The chart below displays the updated membership of the committee, which has important oversight on health and tax policy matters. It specifies which members sit on the Health Subcommittee.

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House Panel Plans Oversight On Device Tax, MACRA, Trade Negotiations

The US House Ways and Means Committee will focus oversight actions this Congress on Affordable Care Act issues including device tax repeal, Health and Human Services priorities – including implementation of provider payment reforms – and overseas trade negotiations, the panel agreed Feb. 14.

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US FDA Tags Physio-Control Recall of Lifepak15 Monitor/Defibrillator Class I

The agency has identified Physio-Control’s recall of its Lifepak15 monitor/defibrillator as a high-risk class I recall based on a risk of delay in delivering therapy.

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Price Wins Confirmation As US Health Secretary; Verma On Deck For CMS Hearing

Senators voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as Health and Human Services secretary, where he will be a key leader implementing reversals to the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Trump’s pick to lead the Medicare agency, Seema Verma, faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate Feb. 16.

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