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CLIA Lab Inspections Different Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

WITH THE ONSET OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN MARCH, three of the major organizations deemed to have CLIA status suspended inspections of clinical laboratories for several months. Inspections and assessments of laboratories have restarted, but with significant changes because of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak….

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Medicare COVID Test Payments to Be Cut Starting Jan. 1

This is an excerpt of a 1,9842-word article in the October 26, 2020 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Starting Jan. 1, CMS will lower the Medicare COVID test payment to $75 when labs with “high-throughp…

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Medicare to Cut Payment for COVID Tests Starting Jan. 1

CEO SUMMARY: Starting Jan. 1, CMS will lower the COVID-19 test payment to $75 when labs with “high-throughput systems” report a COVID-19 test result after 48 hours. This is the federal government working at cross purposes, since other federal agencies are diverting COVID-19 testin…

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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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January 6, 2020 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

On Dec. 19, Congress passed a year-end spending bill that included the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act. The bill went to the President for his signature. The bill mandates that the federal Centers or Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delay by one year having labs rep…

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ASCP, CAP Ask Anthem to Roll Back Price Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: One association representing pathologists says new payment rates that Anthem, Inc., is introducing in 14 states do not cover the costs of performing anatomic pathology and clinical lab testing for the tests in question. Another association says the steep payment cuts threaten…

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Useful Lessons for Labs That Report PAMA Data

CEO SUMMARY: Will clinical labs heed the lessons learned from the first PAMA private payer market price reporting cycle that CMS conducted in 2017? One major difference is that the definition of applicable laboratories now includes most hospital labs. This creates the opportunity for a la…

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Critical Lessons for Labs That Report PAMA Medicare Data

This is an excerpt from a 1,565-word article in the Feb.4 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The full article is available to paid members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: With most hospitals now included as “applicable laboratories” in the PA…

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CEO Offers Lab Strategies for a Post-PAMA World

CEO SUMMARY: With so many market forces working against the economic interests of clinical laboratories, it is essential that all labs develop appropriate strategies designed to sustain the quality of laboratory testing services and the financial integrity of the laboratory organization. …

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