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NEMA Applauds Senate Bill Introduced to Delay Imaging Reimbursement Cuts in Deficit Reduction Act

NEMA applauds the recent introduction of the Access to Medicare Imaging Act (S. 3795), bipartisan legislation calling for a two-year moratorium on the deep Medicare payment cuts in medical imaging services that were included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA).

Similar to HR 5704, which was introduced in June, S. 3795 would impose a moratorium on the DRA reductions for two years, until 2009. During that time, the Government Accountability Office would conduct a study on the effects of the cuts on patients, especially those living in rural areas. More...

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Johnson Controls Wins $250 Million Nortel Contract
Johnson Controls Inc. has won a five-year contract from Nortel Networks Corp. valued at more than $50 million per year for facilities management in North America and Latin America. 8/11/06

Kodak Reports Orders for Company’s Newest Digital Radiography System
Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group has signed three contracts for its new Kodak DIRECTVIEW DR 3000 System, which became available in June. 8/9/06

Australian Cardiac Center Selects Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular Solution
The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, has selected the Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular solution for cardiology image and information management. 8/8/06

ABB Wins $40 million in Orders from Stadler Rail
ABB has been awarded orders totaling some $40 million for power electronics traction equipment by Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail AG. 8/8/06

AGL Resources to Expand Itron's Technology into Florida and Virginia
AGL Resources has agreed to a five-year contract with Itron, Inc., to purchase AMR modules and related meter reading equipment over the next five years. 8/7/06

Honeywell to Supply Vietnamese Oil Refinery
The Phoenix-based operations of Honeywell International Inc. will supply process controls for Vietnam's first oil refinery. 8/4/06

U.S. Army Awards Contract to 3M for Pilot RFID Program to Track and Manage Medical Records
3M has been awarded a $3.76 million, three-year contract to develop and install a system that uses radio frequency identification technology to track medical files at the U.S. Army's Fort Hood Installation in Texas. 8/1/06

Johnson Controls Selected as Solutions Provider for Shanghai World Financial Center
Johnson Controls, Inc., has been chosen to provide a comprehensive building systems solution for the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China. 8/1/06


Mergers & Acquisitions

Eaton to Purchase Fine Filtration Business from Dover Resources
Eaton Corporation has reached a definitive agreement with Dover Resources, Inc., to purchase its Ronningen-Petter industrial fine filtration business. 8/10/06

3M to Acquire Aerion Technologies Inc.
3M has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aerion Technologies Inc., a provider of environmental monitoring products including gas detection systems. 8/7/06

Tyco to Buy $40 Million Interest in Airox
Tyco International Ltd. has agreed to acquire 37.25 percent of Airox S.A., a European home respiratory ventilation system maker. 8/3/06

Econolite and Safetran Join Forces
Econolite has added Safetran Traffic Systems, Inc., to its family of companies. 8/2/06



GE Appoints Company Officers in Healthcare and Consumer & Industrial
Michael J. Barber has been named vice president of technology, diagnostic imaging, and chief technology officer, GE Healthcare, and Nancy S. Loewe has been named vice president and chief financial officer, Consumer & Industrial. 8/10/06



Kodak Recognized for Significant Advancements in CR Imaging
Frost & Sullivan has announced that Eastman Kodak Company has received its 2006 Award for Excellence in Technology in recognition of Kodak’s role in advancing the use of computed radiography for breast cancer detection. 7/31/06


NEMA Calls on DOE to Identify Electrical Transmission Bottlenecks
The U.S. Department of Energy should move soon to designate certain electrical transmission corridors as bottlenecks so they can be considered for federal siting permits by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said NEMA officials shortly after release of a study by DOE. 8/10/06

Lighting Equipment Demand Eases During Second Quarter of 2006
After registering a six-year high in the first quarter of 2006, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Index declined 2.3 percent during the second quarter. 8/7/06

Despite Healthy Near-Term Prospects, Slower Growth Looms on the Horizon for Industrial Controls
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index dipped 0.4 percent from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2006. However, this quarter’s lower reading for the index does not necessarily reflect significantly weaker market conditions; instead, it likely suggests demand for industrial controls has merely cooled from the torrid pace of growth observed over nearly the past two years. 8/3/06

NEMA EHS Council Continues its 2006 Webinar Program
The NEMA Environmental, Health and Safety Council  continues to conduct a series of EHS-related Webinars. Anyone with a computer and a phone line will be able to attend and actively participate. 8/3/06


NEMA Releases 2006 Motors and Generators Standard
NEMA has published MG 1-2006, Motors and Generators, which provides more than 500 pages of manufacturing and performance data related to electric motors and generators, and is designed to assist users in the proper selection and application of motors and generators. 8/9/06


Square D Helps Rebuild Areas Still Reeling from Hurricane Katrina
Almost a year after Hurricane Katrina dealt its devastating blow to the Gulf region, Square D has donated labor, supplies, and money to several initiatives in the region, attempting to rebuild communities and organizations. Total monetary donations to the collective efforts tallied over $1 million. 8/9/06



August 14, 2006
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