Comment on Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013


The Honorable Jackie Speier

U.S. House of Representatives
211 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Speier:

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) represents the nation’s leading local, regional and national laboratories, many of whom provide anatomic pathology services. Therefore, we thank you for introducing The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013, which realigns provider incentives to preclude self-referral by no longer permitting anatomic pathology, advanced diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, and radiation therapy services to be performed as in-office ancillary services (IOAS) under the Stark Act.

ACLA strongly endorses the legislation, as it embodies the findings of academic studies as well as those conducted by the Government Accountability Office and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others. The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013 nat only will facilitate the ability of all physicians to render the highest quality, most appropriate care to all patients, but also strengthen the integrity of the Medicare program.

ACLA applauds your stalwart leadership as demonstrated through the introduction of this critical legislation. Thanks again for all of your efforts.

Sincerely,

Alan Mertz
President, American Clinical Laboratory Association

 

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