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Labs May Be Excluded from Revised Stark, AKS Rules

CEO SUMMARY: When CMS and the OIG issued proposed rules last fall to make it easier for providers to participate in value-based and coordinated care arrangements, they considered excluding clinical labs, pharma companies, and DME firms because of concerns that the proposed rules could pro…

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Labs May Be Excluded from Revised Stark Law, AKS Rules

This is an excerpt of a 1,460-word article in the Jan. 6, 2020 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Here are early insights about a federal compliance reform that has not gotten much attention among clinical la…

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Prediction of ICD-10 as Negative for Labs Comes True

IMPLEMENTATION OF ICD-10 DIAGNOSIS CODES in the United States happened on Oct. 1, 2015. At that time, a national laboratory association predicted that use of ICD-10 codes would cause Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to pay labs less often and with lower reimbursement. The Dark Report ag…

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ACLA Gets Procedural Win in Its Appeal of PAMA Case

IN A SIGNIFICANT WIN for the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) and other groups suing federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in the ACLA’s favor on July 30. Ruling on the ap…

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Bill Would Delay PAMA Reporting for One Year

CEO SUMMARY: For all laboratories that must report private payer price data under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), a new bill in congress would delay the next round of data reporting for one year and require the National Academy of Medicine to recommend ways to improve the da…

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CMS, Lab Groups Begin Talks About Issues with NCCI Edits

SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE NEW GUIDELINES for the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) that were  implemented on Jan. 1 have caused nine clinical laboratory associations and groups to come together and voice their concerns to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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Labs Get High Denial Rates Under New NCCI Rules

CEO SUMMARY: Under guidelines the National Correct Coding Initiative issued last year, many clinical laboratories are not getting paid for some tests. The rates of denial for labs running mostly molecular tests could range from 40% to 100% of revenue, one billing expert said. Implemented …

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ACLA: NCCI Guidelines Are a ‘Step Backwards’

CEO SUMMARY: In a letter to the National Correct Coding Initiative, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) raised significant concerns about new language in the policy manuals for Medicare and Medicaid. ACLA said the new NCCI guidelines for molecular and other tests requiring…

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Nine Lab Groups Say New NCCI Policy Is Inconsistent

CEO SUMMARY: By its name alone, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual implies that it will be accurate and consistent with other coding initiatives. But nine groups representing various clinical laboratories say NCCI guidelines that the federal Centers for Medicare a…

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COLA: GAO Should Address PAMA’s Effect on Patients

CEO SUMMARY: In a recent statement, COLA, an organization that accredits clinical labs, expressed strong concern about how a report from the Government Accountability Office did not address how the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) affects patients’ access to testing, esp…

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