MITA hires lobbyist group to appeal for imaging reimbursement

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The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers, hired Tarplin, Downs & Young to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

The firm will lobby on regulation and reimbursement issues related to medical-imaging equipment, according to an filing published online on Dec. 21 by the Senate's public records office.

Jennifer Young, the former assistant secretary for legislation at the Health and Human Services Department under the Bush administration, is among the lobbyists registered to advocate for the Arlington, Va.-based association. The female-run lobbyist firm, begun in 2005, specializes in strategic consulting and healthcare policy issues. 

Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired to engage in lobbying.

MITA represents 60 manufacturers of medical-imaging equipment, including Varian Medical Systems, McKesson and Siemens.