Protecting Access to Medicare Act
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….
2022’s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Challenging Times
CEO SUMMARY: There are valuable insights to be gleaned from The Dark Report’s “Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2022.” Several of this year’s story picks involve external forces reshaping healthcare in the United States in profound ways. Other story picks for 2022 illustrate …
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…
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 …
CMS Shuts Missouri Lab Due to ‘Immediate Jeopardy’
CEO SUMMARY: CMS ordered Gamma Healthcare to close its two labs, revoked the owners’ CLIA licenses, prohibited them from operating a lab for two years, and ordered payment of more than $55,000 in civil penalties. The two lab facilities had been running COVID-19 and other tests for…
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