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  • Comments Regarding Sunshine Rule

    February 17, 2012
      February 17, 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS—5060—-P Mail Stop C4—26—05 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 RE: CMS-5060-P Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests Dear Acting Administrator Tavenner: The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)Continue Reading »...
  • Comments on Coverage with Evidence Development

    January 18, 2012
      January 18, 2012 Louis Jacques, MD Director, Coverage and Analysis Group Office of Clinical Standards Quality Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7500 Security Blvd Baltimore, Maryland 21244 RE: Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) Public Comment & Solicitation Dear Dr. Jacques, The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) is pleased to have this opportunity to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare and MedicaidContinue Reading »...
  • Comments on J11 Draft LCD for Molecular Diagnostic Tests

    January 16, 2012
      January 16, 2012 Dr. Elaine Jeter Medical Director Palmetto GBA (J11 MAC) P.O. Box 100190 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 RE: Palmetto GBA Draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Molecular Diagnostic Tests (MDT) (DL 32394) Dear Dr. Jeter: The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) hereby submits comments on Palmetto GBA’s (“Palmetto’s”) Draft Local Coverage Determination (“LCD”) for Molecular Diagnostic Tests.1 ACLA is an associationContinue Reading »...
  • Lab Tests Critical to Detecting 79 Million Americans on Brink of Developing Diabetes

    January 10, 2012
    Washington DC — Laboratory tests are a critical component in helping the US confront the diabetes epidemic that is projected to cost $514 billion by 2025 – an increase of more than 100 percent and comparable to the total budget of today’s Medicare program. Results for Life, an educational campaign focused on the value of laboratory medicine, applauds an article in the January issueContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to CMS Regarding Saturation Biopsy

    December 10, 2011
        December 10, 2011   Mr. Marc Hartstein, Acting Director Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group Center for Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244   Dear Mr. Hartstein:   On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”), I am writing to express our concerns about CMS’s recent actions with respect to HCPCS code G0416, which isContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch Regarding TC “Grandfather” Provision

    December 07, 2011
        December 7, 2011   The Honorable Max Baucus Chairman Senate Finance Committee Washington, DC 20510   The Honorable Orrin Hatch Ranking Member Senate Finance Committee Washington, DC 20510   Dear Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch:   The undersigned organizations, representing laboratories, hospitals, laboratory professionals, physicians, and the patients we serve, urge you to extend an expiring provision that would ensure hospitalsContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin Regarding TC “Grandfather” Provision

    December 07, 2011
      December 7, 2011 The Honorable Dave Camp Chairman House Committee on Ways and Means Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Sandy Levin Ranking Member House Committee on Ways and Means Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin: The undersigned organizations, representing laboratories, hospitals, laboratory professionals, physicians, and the patients we serve, urge you to extend an expiring provision that would ensureContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell Regarding SGR

    December 05, 2011
      December 5, 2011   The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:   The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a coalition committed to ending the practice of inappropri- ate physician self-referral in Medicare, appreciates your commitment to addressContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman Regarding SGR

    December 05, 2011
        December 5, 2011   The Honorable Fred Upton Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515   The Honorable Henry Waxman Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515   Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman:   The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a coalition committed to ending theContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch Regarding SGR

    December 05, 2011
    See the original PDF here. December 5, 2011   The Honorable Max Baucus Chairman, Committee on Finance U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Orrin Hatch Ranking Member, Committee on Finance U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch:   The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a coalition committed to ending the practice of inappropri- ate physicianContinue Reading »...