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American Clinical Laboratory Association

Congress Averts PAMA Cuts to Lab Test Rates for 2023

CONGRESS ENACTED LEGISLATION LAST MONTH that suspends implementation of the next round of price cuts to the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) that was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. This is a welcome development for the medical laboratory industry….

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Newsmaker Interview: Director of CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems Talks COVID-19, CLIA, and More

CEO SUMMARY: In this exclusive interview, Reynolds Salerno, PhD, the Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at the CDC, offers insightful comments about the federal agency’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, what went right during public health efforts, and lesson…

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On Appeal, ACLA Gains PAMA Victory in Court

CEO SUMMARY: Last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals issued a ruling that criticized how the Department of Health and Human Services originally implemented the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). This ruling was a win for the American Clinical Laboratory Association in its…

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PAMA Cuts Might Be Reduced to Zero for 2023

CEO SUMMARY: Congress may soon vote on a new bill that permanently reduces the amount of price cuts to Medicare Part B lab test prices, as specified under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). The Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act (SALSA) eliminates a 15% paym…

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January 31, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

DNA-based breast cancer testing is taking a step forward. Illumina in San Diego, which sells next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, announced a partnership with Agendia in Irvine, Calif., to develop in vitro diagnostic tests for oncology. Agendia offers proprietary breast …

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PAMA Test Price Cuts Deferred: It’s a ‘Huge Win’ for Labs

TWO BIPARTISAN VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE will save clinical laboratories from another year of deep payment cuts imposed under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA).  “This is a huge win for clinical labs,” s…

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Congress May Soon Act on LDT, IVCT Regulation

CEO SUMMARY: Congress is gearing up for a debate on how to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) and other in vitro clinical tests (IVCTs). The VALID Act sets the stage for the FDA to take a greater role in pre-market review of LDTs, and the VITAL Act proposes to keep those tes…

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Congress May Soon Act on IVCT, LDT Regulation

This is an excerpt of a 2,017-word article in the November 29, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Congress is gearing up for a debate on …

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MedPAC Reports to Congress on Issues in Lab Test Price Survey

IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS, A GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS STORY is unfolding around the multi-year cuts to the prices Medicare pays for clinical laboratory tests. First the good news.  In its latest semi-annual report to Congress, the Medicare Payment …

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September 27, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Following the opening of her criminal trial in a Silicon Valley courtroom in recent weeks, Elizabeth Holmes—the disgraced ex-Founder and CEO of Theranos—continues to be the subject of news headlines. Federal prosecutors are calling witnesses to testify. Much of this testimony includes anec…

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