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2013-11-23 00:20:21

Cuts to Dialysis Medicare Reimbursement Put Care of Vulnerable Patients at Risk WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kidney Care Council (KCC) is concerned about the negative impact of the multiyear reduction in payment released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Medicare end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) Final Rule. "Dialysis providers are committed to providing the best quality care to all...

2013-11-21 12:20:18

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Duane Long, chairman of Raleigh, N.C.-based Longistics, told members of the House Small Business Committee that unnecessary changes to federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers were having serious negative impacts on the industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100129/ATALOGO) "Simply put, the July 1 hours-of-service rule changes were unnecessary; the regulations adopted in 2003 were working and the...

2013-11-20 12:22:21

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress set a course to damage one of the key tools used by energy suppliers and users to tamp down energy price volatility, according to a new study released today by the Abraham Energy Report. The study urges Congress to consider entirely exempting physical commodity businesses from financial regulation that was meant to address the players that caused the global financial crisis. The study finds that...

2013-11-20 12:20:19

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, leaders of American Trucking Associations again called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Congress to swiftly address the mounting problems caused by changes to the hours-of-service rules. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100129/ATALOGO) "From the outset, ATA was confident the hours-of-service rule changes were based on politics, not data," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "Well now...

2013-11-19 23:32:13

MicroGen Wins 2013 MEMS Technology Showcase® with piezo-MEMS Vibrational Energy Harvesting Rochester, NY (PRWEB) November 19, 2013 MicroGen Systems, Inc. (MicroGen) has developed the first commercially available piezoelectric MicroElectroMechanical Systems (piezo-MEMS) based vibrational energy harvester, which is a micro-power generator (MPG). MicroGen has created a DC power source by integrating its MPG with electronics and energy storage. The result is the BOLT™ Power Cell (see...

2013-11-19 16:26:17

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health IT Now Coalition applauds the members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for holding a hearing to discuss the potential effects of current and a potentially new regulatory framework for health information technology. "Health IT has incredible potential to improve access to care and promote better health outcomes for patients while lowering overall costs. In order to maximize these technologies, such as...

2013-11-18 08:30:00

Philips Respironics' dedication to healthier patients and healthier practices is recognized for 15th time with Zenith Award ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced it has earned the prominent Zenith Award for a 15th time from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Philips is one of just six companies to receive the award that honors excellence in products and service for the respiratory industry. The 2013...

2013-11-15 23:01:15

Advocates and policymakers gather at inaugural autism policy and action summit to call for national autism plan. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, yesterday was joined by hundreds of advocates on Capitol Hill. More than 260 autism activists from across the nation visited all 535 members of Congress, demanding a strategic national autism plan. Parents and their children with autism, self-advocates,...

New FCC Chairman: Revamp Unlocking Policy Or We’ll Regulate It For You
2013-11-15 17:57:03

Bryan Carpender for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online There’s a new sheriff in town and he’s showing wireless carriers some tough love. Newly minted chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler is wasting no time getting to work. His first order of business was to urge mobile operators to agree to several reforms around policies pertaining to the hot-button issue of unlocking devices. The simple act of unlocking a cellphone became illegal last year...

2013-11-14 16:28:46

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) strongly supports the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). This important legislation, S.1694, is a significant step in ensuring that children and adults with hearing loss are able to obtain the hearing aids they need. Hearing loss is among America's most prevalent birth defects. The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, just...