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VIDEO: What really goes into getting new technologies paid for?




BOSTON – The real challenge for a new technology is not the good idea. It comes after FDA approval when a company must figure out how to get its device or procedure paid for, said Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg, professor and chief of the department of surgery at the University of Buffalo, speaking at the AGA Tech Summit, sponsored by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology. Physicians want to provide cutting-edge tools to their patients, but they need to be reimbursed, and getting payers, like hospitals or government payers, to pay for the new procedure or device is the challenge. The AGA center facilitates this process by running observational research device registries to collect the data that show patient need, document value, and provide proof of efficacy.

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