From: HME News

WASHINGTON – Companion bills that would repeal a tax on medical devices, including most durable medical equipment, were introduced in the House and Senate Jan. 25. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contained a provision that would impose a 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales to help pay for the healthcare reform plan. The tax, set to begin in 2013, is expected to raise $20 billion over 10 years. H.R. 436 and S. 17 were introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. 

Obama re-nominates CMS administrator

WASHINGTON – President Obama last week re-nominated Donald Berwick to the post of CMS administrator. In July, after the senate would not confirm him, the president placed Berwick into the post using a recess appointment. Because of that, however, Berwick’s term runs only to the end of this year.