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ACLA hits Medicare fee schedule cuts with lawsuit

This is an article from the Dec. 11, 2017 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers. This article plus a full analysis of 2017 developments in the PAMA process are available at all times to paid members of the Dark Int…

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ACLA Sues HHS over Market Price Study, Fee Cuts

IT’S A LONG-AWAITED DEVELOPMENT! Today, a federal lawsuit was filed against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA). The lab association is asking a federal judge to review specific actions taken by …

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CMS Publishes Final CLFS Rates, Labs Prepare to Cut Staff or Close

MEDICARE OFFICIALS PUBLISHED the final Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018 last Friday. Some changes clinical labs will welcome. The rates remain deeply flawed, however, and will cause many labs to lay off staff and others to close, experts said Saturday. How CMS set the rates remains p…

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AMA, AHA Join Labs to Request Delay, Fix

CEO SUMMARY: In what may be a first for the clinical lab industry, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association joined with 20 other healthcare associations to ask CMS Administrator Seema Verma to address the problems with the CMS proposal involving Medicare Part B f…

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Lab Associations Comment on CMS Actions, Lab Fees

FOR THE LAB INDUSTRY, THE FEE CUTS proposed in the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule would be even more aggressive than what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had earlier predicted for Medicare Part B. In the days following the Sept. 22 publication of the pr…

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Can Fee Cuts Be Delayed? Courts Are One Option

CEO SUMMARY: Some lab companies may be prepared to challenge in court the methodology CMS used in setting the requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 to conduct a study of private payer market prices for lab tests and use that data to propose new prices for the Part …

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Labs Report Problems with Anthem’s Pre-Approval

CEO SUMMARY: Since the July 1 launch of its prior-authorization program for genetic tests, Anthem and its subsidiary, AIM Specialty Health, have authorized few genetic tests, said a national lab. Lab directors say they have been unable to communicate with Anthem/AIM when client physicians…

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2014’s PAMA Fix Comes Back to Haunt Big Labs

AS YOU READ THE INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS IN THIS ISSUE about lab industry efforts to convince Congress, the administration, and the new leaders of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the PAMA final rule on market price reporting, keep in mind that…

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Is CMS Manipulating Data to Increase Medicare Fee Schedule Cuts?

This is an excerpt from a 2,150-word article in the April 3, 2017, issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: E…

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CMS Extends Reporting of Payer Prices by 60 Days

CEO SUMMARY: Last Thursday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it was extending the deadline for certain labs to report their private payer lab test prices by an additional 60 days, until May 30. Statements by CMS officials indicate that either or both the number …

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