November 3, 2015

NEMA invites all MITA members to its 89th NEMA Annual Membership Meeting

NEMA’s business meeting will be on Friday November 6, 2015 .  The meeting will include a discussion with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on what is going on in Washington.  We will hear from a distinguished list of panelist on how “Big Data” will affect each of us on every level of our lives: business, medical, energy and more.  The moderator of the panel will be Phil Evans, BCG fellow and author of “Strategy and the New Economics of Information”. He is a McKinsey Prize winner and a thought leader in this area. Included on the panel will be Aneesh Chopra, who served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the US.  He recently started a company called Hunch Analytics which provides big data  and analytics in the healthcare and education fields. Michael Valocchi, IBM, Global Energy and Utilities Industry Leader will address energy issues now and in the future.

We will also have Dr. Rachel Brem, Professor & Vice Chair Radiology, Research and Faculty Development, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, who will discuss new technologies in medical imaging along with the many advances that have been made in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

We hope that MITA members will join us here in Washington, DC on November 5-6, 2015. Please go to the NEMA website at meeting for more information.  You may also contact Mallory Rood at NEMA.  Her email address is and her phone number is (703)841-3213.

MITA Members Host Capitol Hill Fly-In to Repeal the Medical Device Tax

On October 22nd, Members of MITA’s Board of Directors visited Capitol Hill to advocate for repeal of the medical device tax. The group held 11 meetings including six with members of Congress. The Fly-In was successful for evaluating vehicles for Device Tax repeal and establishing relationships between Member Companies and Congressional Leadership. MITA plans to maintain a strong Hill presence and use these insights to continue repeal efforts.

MITA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing on Role of Ultrasound for the Washington State Economy, Innovation, and Patient Care

On FriIMG_8936day, October 30th, MITA hosted a Capitol Hill briefing that included presentations from researchers, clinicians, and industry representatives to address the important role of ultrasound for Washington state. The medical imaging technology industry generates $3.1 billion in Washington state, which is equivalent to the economic impact of the entire fruit farming industry, the industry for which the state may be best known.  In attendance were staff representatives from all offices of the Washington state delegation971A0396. Talks given by leaders in industry and medicine ranged from ultrasound’s economic value to its impact in global and domestic clinical practice. MITA plans to use the positive response from this event as inspiration for future educational briefings. For more information on the briefing, go to



MITA TRC Conducts MDUFA Survey

The MITA Technical & Regulatory Committee (TRC) is conducting an informal survey monkey to better understand MITA member engagement with the FDA during the 510(k) approval process. The survey contains only 7 questions and is meant to be used to assist MITA in developing its positions for negotiations with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Medical Device User Fee Amendment (MDUFA) reauthorization negotiations. Please complete the survey as soon as possible. Notethat the survey is completely anonymous and information collected will be for MITA use only.

CMS Final Payment Rules is a Mixed-Bag for MITA Members

CMS finalized its 2016 Physician and Outpatient Hospital payment rules on Friday, October 30. In these Final Rules, CMS agreed with MITA’s comments and finalized the regulations to move forward with on-time implementation of the XR-29 payment differential. MITA is also pleased that our advocacy was successful for CMS to set payment rates and codes for LDCT lung cancer screening which gained coverage earlier this year. Unfortunately, while CMS is largely finalizing its APC consolidation as proposed, the agency did accept MITA’s requested change for an additional APC to pay for PET services. MITA will provide a further analysis in the coming days.

MITA 2016 Leadership Elections

MITA’s volunteer industry leadership is a key success factor in achieving our strategic initiatives. To ensure that all membership has an opportunity to participate in leadership positions and to encourage awide range of membership participation, MITA conducts annual elections. Terms coincide with the calendar year.  The call for nominations for MITA 2016 leadership elections has been distributed. All member companies in good standing may nominate individuals and vote in the elections; each company has one vote. Nominations are due to MITA staff by November 11, 2015. Contact Cheryl Kreider Carey with questions.

2017 Strategic Initiative Submissions

NEMA’s Strategic Initiatives Program is currently accepting proposals for 2017 Strategic Initiatives. For more information and to submit your ideas, please go to:

MITA Schedule at RSNA 2015

All meetings are Central Time and held at McCormick Place

8:00am – 10:00am            Molecular Imaging Section – W474B
9:00am – 12:00pm           Global Affairs Committee – W475A
12:00pm – 2:00pm            PET Group – W474B
1:00pm – 5:00pm             MR Section + Technical Committee – W475A

9:00am – 10:00am           CT Group – W474A
9:00am – 12:00pm           DITTA Board – W474B
10:00am – 11:30am          CT Group Stakeholders – W474A
12:00pm – 1:30pm            CR/DR Group – W474A
12:00pm – 3:00pm          DITTA Steering Committee – W474B
1:30pm – 2:00pm              Mammography Subcommittee – W474A
2:00pm – 4:00pm             Interventional Working Group – W474A
4:00pm – 6:00pm             Interventional Working Group Stakeholders –  W474A

9:00am – 12:00pm           Xray Section – W474A
9:00am – 12:00pm           DITTA Annual Meeting – W474B
1:00pm – 5:00pm             Technical & Regulatory Committee – W474A
4:00pm – 6:00pm             Medical Imaging Informatics Section – W474B

1:00pm – 4:00pm             Good Refurbishment Practices Working Group – W474B