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Labs Have Heavy Burden to Report Lab Price Data

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs must assess their responsibilities to report lab test market prices to CMS as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. A panel of three experts took up this topic at a recent webinar hosted by THE DARK REPORT. On June 23, the federal Centers for Medicaid &…

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Palmetto GBA Issues Guidance On Billing NGS Test Panels

CEO SUMMARY: Across the lab industry, next generation sequencing is taking hold as an effective and efficient testing platform. In response, payers are developing coding and payment policies that may affect the finances of clinical labs. Last month, Palmetto GBA, a Medicare contractor, is…

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Payers Using Two Approaches To Price Molecular, Genetic Tests

PRIVATE PAYERS AND MEDICARE contractors are taking divergent approaches to establishing coverage policies and setting prices for molecular and genetic tests. That’s what Kuo Bianchini Tong, MS, CEO of Quorum Consulting Inc., sees happening. “One approach seeks to recognize the c…

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Labs React with Criticism to Proposed ADLT Rule

CEO SUMMARY: Some in the lab industry had high hopes that passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) last year would favorably resolve a number of important issues. However, those hopes were dashed following the September 25 release by CMS of a proposed rule setting out how i…

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New ADLT Payment Rate May Force Lab to Close

CEO SUMMARY: Four Medicare Administrative Contractors currently pay $2,821 for CareDx’s AlloMap test. But under the proposal that CMS issued last month to overhaul the clinical lab fee schedule, CareDx would get only $644. Such a steep price cut would put the lab out of business because…

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Labs Have Questions for CMS on Proposed Rule

CEO SUMMARY: On September 25, CMS took a long overdue step to issue a proposed rule on how medical laboratories are to report private market prices for lab tests to the Medicare program during 2016. The proposed rule provides insights as to how CMS envisions pricing new tests and advanced…

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New Pricing Formula for Advanced Diagnostic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: One section of the federal H.R. 4302: Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 is getting positive reviews from many lab experts. The law defines advanced diagnostic tests (ADTs) and directs CMS to assign a temporary HCPCS code and use list prices to pay labs for such tests …

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Congress’ New SGR Law Has Mixed News for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Once again, the lab industry faces a mixed bag following passage of a new law by Congress last week. Besides the one-year fix for the SGR, H.R. 4302 also has language that may defer adjustments to Medicare Part B lab test fees until 2017 and creates a new procedure for Medica…

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House Bill Introduced to Address Rate-Setting for Molecular Tests

FEW PATHOLOGISTS OR CLINICAL laboratory directors would argue against revising the current Medicare payment policies for molecular and genetic tests. A bill proposed in Congress would do just that. The process now in use by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) is inefficient and opaque, accord…

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Low 2013 Molecular Rates May Bankrupt Some Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Many of the recently issued reimbursement rates for molecular diagnostic tests are inadequate and in fact are lower than the cost of running the tests, lab experts say. Smaller laboratories that specialize in developing and selling molecular tests could be forced to close. As…

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