November 1, 2003

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Coalition Urges Adoption of MIRA Reforms

Originally Published MX November/December 2003




In September, key industry associations got the support of nearly 30 patient advocacy organizations in urging that provisions of the Medicare Innovation and Responsiveness Act of 2003 (MIRA) be retained in the Medicare reform bill currently under deliberation in Congress.

The message was delivered in a letter calling on Congress to pass legislation to expedite Medicare's reimbursement process and make new medical technologies available to patients in a shorter amount of time. "Fair and adequate reimbursement for new technologies saves lives, lowers the cost barriers faced by hospitals, and encourages further investment in the research and development needed to produce advancements in medical technology," the letter noted.

Industry associations signing the letter included AdvaMed, the Biotechnology Industry Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

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