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USTR Releases List Of Chinese Imports Subject To Tariffs

USTR Releases List Of Chinese Imports Subject To Tariffs

On June 15, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identified $50 billion in Chinese imports that will be subject to a 25% tariff. The agency has published two lists of products affected by the tariff. The first contains $34 billion worth of Chinese goods and will take effect July 6, 2018. The second covers $16 [...]

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Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Update (5/30/18): The White House has indicated it will place a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Trump Administration plans to finalize this list by June 15. By the end of that month, the administration will also announce investment restrictions and “enhanced export controls” for Chinese individuals and entities “related to the [...]

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In Trump’s First Year, CMS Pursues Medicare Deregulation

In its first year, the Trump Administration has made a number of key changes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that aim to reduce the regulatory burden on providers. Three examples of these moves include: CMS has cancelled the mandatory hip fracture and bundled payment models. The agency has also reduced the [...]

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Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Over 37% of adults and 65.3% of children received influenza vaccines at physician offices during the 2016-17 flu season, up from 33% and 63.7% the previous year, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outside of this setting, adults typically received their flu shot at their workplace or at drug stores, while [...]

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2016 Election Results and What It Means for the Supply Chain

2016 Election Results and What It Means for the Supply Chain

Change Comes to Washington [Post updated December 6, 2016] – When the state of Wisconsin was called for Donald Trump (Republican), it brought his total Electoral College votes over the 270 threshold necessary to win the presidency of the United States. With a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, major reforms to the Affordable Care Act [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Healthcare reform trends & impact, HIDA Resources, Special Features

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Distributors Advocate for Supply Chain on Capitol Hill

Distributors Advocate for Supply Chain on Capitol Hill

Every year, HIDA members converge in Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Summit. This event allows supply chain executives to hold meetings with members of Congress and key staffers, advocating for healthcare policy initiatives most important to providers and suppliers alike. Each year’s event builds off of the success of the prior year’s efforts, and [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Conference news & updates, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference, Policy Outlook & Analysis

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CDC Releases Annual Flu Recommendations, Implications

CDC Releases Annual Flu Recommendations, Implications

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual update on flu basics and vaccine recommendations for the 2015-2016 flu season. The CDC recommends everyone aged six months and older receive the vaccine starting in October when the flu season begins, and ideally before December when the flu season typically peaks. Just in time for [...]

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Influencing Key Supply Chain Issues on Capitol Hill

Influencing Key Supply Chain Issues on Capitol Hill

More than 60 healthcare supply chain leaders recently met in Washington, D.C., to participate in HIDA’s Healthcare Distribution Summit. The event featured strategic, topical discussions from speakers instrumental in shaping healthcare policy decisions. HIDA hosted a Lobbying Fly-in prior to the Summit with 40 member executives holding 62 meetings on Capitol Hill with Members of [...]

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