Evidence suggests that some medical device manufacturers are shifting the burden of the medical device excise tax directly to American hospitals and other health care providers, an industry association charges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, manufacturers and importers of medical devices would be subject to a 2.3 percent excise tax. The tax was fiercely opposed by the medical device industry during lobbying over the health care reform law and after its passage. However, the Healthcare Supply Chain Association and its group purchasing organization members are warning that now that the tax is in place, medical device makers are simply passing along the costs to hospitals, health care providers and ultimately patients.

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