Value of Labs

  • Lab testing a Medicare cost saver

    February 18, 2014
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a longtime champion of improving chronic disease care, is in a position to play an important role in reforming Medicare. Wyden has long advocated a Medicare program that would feature improved care coordination for chronic disease, which would save lives and improve the quality of life for beneficiaries, while saving MedicareContinue Reading »...
  • Letter from CLC to HHS OIG Meeting Request

    July 11, 2013
      Daniel R. Levinson Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General 330 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Mr. Levinson: On behalf of the undersigned organizations—representing America’s community, regional, hospital-based, and national clinical laboratories; the laboratory professionals who provide care for the Medicare patients we serve; and diagnostic manufacturers—we write to request a meeting with your office toContinue Reading »...
  • Statement Regarding OIG Report on Medicare Spending on Clinical Lab Services

    June 12, 2013
    Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2013) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) yesterday released a report, “Comparing Lab Test Payment Rates: Medicare Could Achieve Substantial Savings.” The report examined 20 of the 1100 laboratory test codes (HCPCS) and concluded that Medicare paid “more than other insurers” for these codes. The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) saw theContinue Reading »...
  • Controlling Chronic Kidney Disease Saves Lives and Money

    October 11, 2012
    Contact: Scott McGoohan American Clinical Laboratory Association Tel: 202.637.9466 Oct. 11, 2012 Controlling Chronic Kidney Disease Saves Lives and Money Low-Cost Lab Tests Help Slow a Disease Costing $60 Billion Annually WASHINGTON – There’s little debate about one health care issue: Taking steps to control chronic kidney disease will save lives and money. That’s especially true if you have diabetes or high blood pressure,Continue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Pitts and Ranking Member Pallone Regarding MDUFA

    May 07, 2012
      May 7, 2012   The Honorable Joe Pitts Chairman Subcommittee on Health Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives 2125, Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr. Ranking Member Subcommittee on Health Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives 2322-A, Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Pitts and Ranking MemberContinue Reading »...
  • Big Cuts in Reimbursement for Medicare Lab Tests will Hurt Patients, says ACLA

    March 06, 2012
      Cumulative cuts from recently enacted legislation total 23% over next 10 years Washington, DC — Recently enacted budget cuts that would slash Medicare reimbursement for clinical laboratory tests by 23% over the next 10 years threaten the ability of clinical labs to serve Medicare patients, according to a letter that the American Clinical Laboratory Association sent today to House Speaker John Boehner andContinue 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 »...
  • Comments on the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations Proposed Rule

    June 06, 2011
    The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is pleased to have this opportunity to submit our comments on the Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations; Proposed Rule (the “Proposed Rule”).1 ACLA is an association representing clinical laboratories throughout the country, including local, regional, and national laboratories. As providers of clinical diagnostic laboratory services to Medicare beneficiaries, ACLA member companies will be directlyContinue Reading »...
  • Comments on ACO proposed F-A Waivers

    June 06, 2011
    COMMENTS OF THE AMERICAN CLINICAL LABORATORY ASSOCIATION ON THE MEDICARE PROGRAM; WAIVER DESIGNS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MEDICARE SHARED SAVINGS PROGRAM AND THE INNOVATION CENTER; NOTICE WITH COMMENT PERIOD (CMS-1345-NC2) The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is pleased to have this opportunity to submit our comments on the Medicare Program: Waiver Designs in Connection with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Innovation Center;Continue Reading »...
  • Comments on Genetic Testing Registry Design

    March 21, 2011
    Genetic Testing Registry Staff National Institutes of Health Re: Genetic Testing Registry Draft Data Fields   The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the draft Genetic Testing Register (GTR) data fields. ACLA represents national, regional, and local laboratories across the country. Members of ACLA are proud to be at the forefront of delivering innovative genetic tests in partnershipContinue Reading »...
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