ACLA In The News

  • Labs Surprised By CMS’ Proposed 25% Pay Cut For Diagnostic Lab Tests

    July 18, 2013
    Laboratories are up in arms over CMS’ unexpected proposal this week to cut pay for lab tests by 25 percent, but CMS Medicare chief Jonathan Blum said the diagnostics have been overvalued because CMS up to now has not factored in technological changes that bring down the cost of tests. CMS proposes in the new laboratory fee schedule rule a process to adjust payContinue Reading »...
  • Clinical Labs Voice ‘Deep’ Concern with Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule

    July 12, 2013
    The American Clinical Laboratory Association said this week it is “deeply concerned” about two types of cuts in a proposed Medicare payment regulation to be published next week in the Federal Register. “First, absent any discussion with clinical laboratories, patients, and other stakeholders, CMS proposes to identify codes and propose revised payments in the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule due to ‘technological changes,’” the lobby said in aContinue Reading »...
  • Clinical Lab Industry Files Petition Challenging FDA’s Authority to Regulate LDTs

    June 12, 2013
    The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) June 4 filed a citizenpetition challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs) as medical devices. ACLA is attempting to head off any effort by FDA to regulate such tests, which currently are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) by a different agency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The petitionContinue Reading »...
  • The Genome Project: A Balance Sheet

    June 15, 2010
    To the Editor: Mapping the human genome was not just about finding cures. It was also about understanding disease so we could provide better care. That is now happening in spades throughout the health system. Genetic tests can identify the exact molecular nature of a patient or disease, allowing for better prevention and targeted treatment. The cure rate for childhood leukemia now exceeds 80Continue Reading »...
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