Regulatory Issues

  • Comment to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on New Genetic Codes

    July 18, 2011
      The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is pleased to provide comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on new genetic CPT codes being developed by the American Medical Association. ACLA is an association representing clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories throughout the country, including local, regional, and national laboratories. As providers of diagnostic testing services to Medicare beneficiaries, including genetic andContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Applauds CMS for Proposed Rule Repealing Physician Signature Requirement Avoiding Disruption of Patient Access to Laboratory Services

    June 30, 2011
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 30, 2011 Contact: Alan Mertz American Clinical Laboratory Association (202) 637-9466 amertz@clinical-labs.org ACLA APPLAUDS CMS FOR PROPOSED RULE REPEALING PHYSICIAN SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT AVOIDING DISRUPTION OF PATIENT ACCESS TO LABORATORY SERVICES Washington DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for issuing a proposed rule rescinding the physician signature requirement for laboratoryContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA and HL7 Announce Approval of First-Ever Electronic Directory of Services (eDOS) Implementation Guide

    June 27, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Washington, DC, USA – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) and Health Level Seven® International (HL7®) announce the approval of the first-ever implementation guide in the laboratory industry for a reliable process to deliver a laboratory’s electronic Directory of Service to those providers ordering laboratory services in a meaningful and constructive process. The Version 2 Implementation Guide establishes aContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Licensing Board

    June 06, 2011
    Ms. Lynda England, Director Tennessee Medical Laboratory Licensing Board Division of Health Related Boards 227 French Landing, Ste. 300 Heritage Place Metro Center Nashville, Tennessee 37243   Ms. England: On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association, I am writing to seek clarification of the April 15, 2011 policy statement from the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Licensing Board regarding “Patient Test Management/Laboratory Reports” (hereinafter “PolicyContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to CMS Regarding Physician Signature Rule

    May 02, 2011
    Jonathan D. Blum Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director, Center for Medicare Management Mail Stop 314G 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Mr. Blum: On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”), I am writing to express our appreciation for your assistance with the “physician signature” rule that was included in the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule. In thatContinue Reading »...
  • Memorandum in Opposition to 2011-2012 Proposed Health Budget

    February 24, 2011
    In effect, DOH has turned the clinical laboratory reference system special revenue account into an unauthorized and unsupervised revenue stream that is limited only by the bounds of the defendant’s [DOH’s] creativity in characterizing the Wadsworth Center’s expenses as attributable to the oversight of the plaintiffs [laboratories]. Decision and Order of Edward A. Sheridan, J.H.O., Albany County Supreme Court, American Association of Bioanalysts v.Continue Reading »...
  • CMS Delays Enforcement of Medicare Physician Signature Requirement Three Months

    December 21, 2010
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 21, 2010 Contact: JoAnne Glisson American Clinical Laboratory Association (202) 637-9466 glisson@clinical-labs.org CMS DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF MEDICARE PHYSICIAN SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT THREE MONTHS; ACLA VOWS TO WORK WITH CMS TOWARD WORKABLE ALTERNATIVES TO REQUIREMENT TO AVOID DISRUPTION OF PATIENT ACCESS TO LABORATORY SERVICES Washington DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) appreciates the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS)Continue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Camp Regarding TC “Grandfather”

    November 30, 2010
      November 30, 2010 The Honorable Sandy Levin Chairman House Ways and Means Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Dave Camp Ranking Member House Ways and Means Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Camp: The undersigned organizations, representing laboratories, hospitals, laboratory professionals, physicians, and the patients we serve, urge you to extend in the lame duck session an expiring provisionContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Dr. Carter Regarding Draft “Study of the Need to Regulate Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians”

    September 28, 2010
      September 28, 2010 Elizabeth A. Carter, Ph.D. Executive Director for the Virginia Board of Health Professions Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Richmond, Virginia 23233 Dear Dr. Carter: On behalf of the members of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), I am writing to provide our comments on the draft “Study of the Need to Regulate Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical LaboratoryContinue Reading »...
  • Letter Regarding Meeting with Palmetto GBA J-1 Contractor Medical Directors

    September 17, 2010
      September 17, 2010 Mr. Michael Barlow Vice President, Medicare Operations Palmetto GBA 4249 Easter Way Columbus, OH 43219 Dear Mr. Barlow: On behalf of the members of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), I am writing to seek a meeting with you and the Palmetto GBA J-1 contractor medical directors to discuss our concerns about Palmetto’s recently announced plans to launch the CMSContinue Reading »...
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