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  • Comments Regarding the 2012 PFS Proposed Rule

    August 30, 2011
    August 30, 2011 COMMENTS OF THE AMERICAN CLINICAL LABORATORY ASSOCIATION ON THE MEDICARE PROGRAM; PAYMENT POLICIES UNDER THE PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE AND OTHER REVISIONS TO PART B FOR CY 2012 PROPOSED RULE (CMS-1524-P) The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is pleased to have this opportunity to submit our comments on the Medicare Program; Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part BContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Joint Deficit Committee Members Regarding Coinsurance

    August 25, 2011
      August 25, 2011 The Honorable Fred Upton Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee 2183 Rayburn House Office Building United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Upton: I am writing you today on behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), which represents the leading national, regional, esoteric, pathology and ESRD clinical laboratories. As a member of the Joint Select CommitteeContinue Reading »...
  • Joint Deficit Committee Urged to Reject Laboratory Cost Sharing

    August 25, 2011
    For Release: August 25, 2011 Contact: Alan Mertz, President, ACLA; 202-637-9466 Joint Deficit Committee Urged to Reject Laboratory Cost Sharing Collecting the fees could cost more than the income received and harm access for beneficiaries says American Clinical Laboratory Association Asking Medicare beneficiaries to pay as much as 20% of the cost of their laboratory tests could cost more than it saves, force manyContinue Reading »...
  • Comments on RUO IUO

    August 24, 2011
      August 24, 2011 Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville MD 20852 RE: Docket No, FDA-2011-D-0305 Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Commercially Distributed In Vitro Diagnostic Products labeled for Research Use Only or Investigational Use Only: Frequently Asked Ouestions Dear Sir or Madam: The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) is pleased to provide commentsContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Launches New Website and Domain Name

    August 24, 2011
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 24, 2011 CONTACT: ALAN MERTZ amertz@acla.com 202-637-9466 ACLA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND DOMAIN NAME www.acla.com (Washington, DC) – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) launched its newly designed website today. Concurrently with the new website design, the ACLA website domain name will be www.acla.com, and all ACLA staff email addresses will be @acla.com. Both changes, the new website and domainContinue Reading »...
  • 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 »...
  • Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell, Representatives Boehner and Pelosi Regarding Coalition Letter Against Medicare Coinsurance for Lab Services

    July 11, 2011
      Dear Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and Minority Leader Pelosi: We, the undersigned organizations, represent the interests of a broad cross-section of our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries as well as the health care providers who care for them. While we believe it is critically important for our nation’s fiscal health to address the deficit, we are deeply concerned by a numberContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Congress from Patient and Senior Groups on Lab Coinsurance

    July 11, 2011
      Dear Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and Minority Leader Pelosi: We, the undersigned organizations, represent the interests of a broad cross-section of our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries as well as the health care providers who care for them. While we believe it is critically important for our nation’s fiscal health to address the deficit, we are deeply concerned by a numberContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell Regarding Coinsurance

    July 07, 2011
      The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader U.S. Senate 522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader U.S. Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell: The undersigned laboratory and health care organizations, representing America’s community, regional, and national laboratories, their employees, practitioners, and the Medicare patients we serveContinue 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 »...