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September 2, 2014

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August 20, 2014

IRS Struggles to Collect the Medical Device Excise Tax

Funding for the 2010 Affordable Care Act hinges, in part, on a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales. The tax applies to cardiac defibrillators, imaging equipment and a variety of other equipment sold to hospitals, doctors and other providers. Congressional efforts to eliminate the tax enjoy significant bipartisan support in Congress from Republicans and Democrats, particularly from states that are home to a concentration of medical device manufacturers.

Internal Revenue Service collection of the tax began in 2013. A Treasury Department’s Inspector General report released on Tuesday indicates that taxpayer reporting on the IRS excise tax form does not account for all applicable medical device sales. Also, the tax agency is struggling to reconcile data provided by taxpayers and cannot accurately identify all of the medical device makers that are required to file the form and pay the tax. Through the first half of 2013, Treasury auditors estimate that the tax levy should have collected $1.2 billion in excise taxes, but the IRS has received $913 million.

August 1, 2014

Ebola Concerns Escalate, Drug Development Continues

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A nurse hangs an Ebola information sign on the wall of a public health center on July 31 in Monrovia, Liberia. (AFP stringer/Getty Images)

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has intensified the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which reportedly is worsening. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said in a press briefing on Thursday that the agency is sending dozens more workers to the region, as well as issuing an advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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July 18, 2014

Energy Xtra, CQ Roll Call’s Latest Policy Blog

Another blog joins CQ Roll Call’s Policy Pulse roster: Energy Xtra, written by Randy Leonard, a longtime reporter on energy and environment issues. The blog will touch upon numerous topics of interest to Healthopolis readers, including scientific research, air quality and environmental policy.

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July 9, 2014

Welcome to Healthopolis

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Welcome to Healthopolis, CQ Roll Call’s new forum for health news in Congress, the federal agencies and beyond.

Assembled by veteran health policy watcher Paul Jenks, the blog draws on the great reporting of John Reichard and the rest of the CQ HealthBeat staff on topics such as the health care overhaul. It also will go farther afield to cover developments in food safety, consumer health, technology and other areas.

This is your site as much as it is ours, and we encourage you to keep in touch by sharing your comments and feedback.

Healthopolis is CQ Roll Call’s fourth Policy Pulse blog, joining Technocrat, for the tech and telecom community; Five by Five, which covers the defense industry and national security; and The Container, on all things transportation.

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