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Medica technology saves lives, improves patient outcomes and helps lower the overall cost of health care. It is also one of America's strongest and fastest-growing manufacturing sectors, creating and producing medical innovations for use around the world—and providing good-paying jobs across the country.
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Untreated sleep apnea is a potentially fatal condition with harmful short- and long-term effects.
September 2016

Sleep apnea is a high-cost chronic condition that affects 1 in 4 American adults. Roughly 85% of cases are undiagnosed. Download the fact sheet

More than 1 million people in North America live with a permanent ostomy.
September 2016

More than 1 million people in North America live with a permanent ostomy in response to a variety of conditions, including cancer and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Download the fact sheet

Urologic disorders affect more than 50 million men in the U.S. alone.
September 2016

Medical technology interventions and treatments for urologic disorders – including penile implants, artificial urinary sphincters, urethral lifts, male slings and laser therapy – provide alternatives to drugs and may offer more permanent, long-term solutions, ultimately leading to enhanced quality of life. Download the fact sheet

An estimated 5 to 7 million episodes of non-healing cutaneous wounds occur each year in the U.S. and $20 billion is spent annually to treat them.
September 2016

Failure of a wound to heal can have a profound effect on a patient’s quality of life. However, medical technology has helped to evolve wound treatment dramatically over the past 15 years, from simple dressings to sophisticated, evidence-based options that treat and promote wound healing. Download the fact sheet

Infectious diseases pose a greater challenge today than they did even two decades ago.
June 2016

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and each year millions of Americans are affected by them. Many infectious diseases have minor complications if diagnosed and treated appropriately. But left untreated, others—including pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV and meningitis—can be life-threatening. Download the fact sheet.

In limited circumstances, new and high-cost medical technologies used in hospitals have additional mechanisms for Medicare reimbursement.
June 2016

Once FDA approves or clears a new medical device or diagnostic test, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines which medical technologies and services are covered for Medicare patients, and how much providers will be paid. The CMS process involves three separate but interconnected procedures. Download the infographic