ACLA Press Releases

  • ACLA Statement on Notice of Appeal in ACLA v. Azar

    October 19, 2018
    HHS’s continued reliance on faulty data collection process jeopardizes access to critical lab tests for millions of beneficiaries; ACLA files appeal following District Court decision  Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) filed its notice of appeal in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) challenging its implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA),Continue Reading »...
  • ACLA Statement on District Court Opinion in Lawsuit Against HHS

    September 24, 2018
    Lawsuit targeted HHS’ unlawful implementation of 2014 Medicare legislation, regulatory guidance that would jeopardize beneficiaries’ access to critical lab services Washington, D.C. – Following the opinion from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in ACLA v. Azar, Julie Khani, ACLA President, issued the following statement: “This is an extremely disappointing outcome for ACLA’s members and the millions of seniors they serveContinue Reading »...
  • Press Release; ACLA Submits Comments to Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Policies

    September 11, 2018
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  • ACLA Calls on CMS to Address Questionable Medicare Utilization Practices Through Stronger ‘Stark Law’ Provisions

    August 28, 2018
    Washington, D.C. – In a new comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Clinical Laboratory Association called on the agency to address the long-standing abuse of the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law”) that has lead to persistent overutilization of specific services across the Medicare program. While CMS’ Request For Information on the Stark Law largely centered on howContinue Reading »...
  • AIM Coalition Urges CMS to Strengthen Medicare Self-Referral Provisions to Support Transition to Value-Based Care

    August 23, 2018
    Proposed Changes to Stark Law – Including Narrowing the In-Office Ancillary Services Exception – Would Save Medicare at Least $3.3 Billion Over Next Decade Washington, D.C. – The Medicare program could save at least $3.3 billion over the next decade by narrowing a persistent loophole in the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law”) that drives questionable utilization patterns for certain health services. The cost-savings proposalContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Urges Congressional Leaders to Advance New Regulatory Framework for Diagnostic Tests

    August 21, 2018
    In Comments to Congress, ACLA Cites Concerns with the FDA’s New Proposals for Diagnostic Reform Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) calls on Congressional leaders to enact a distinct regulatory framework for diagnostics – a key goal outlined in comments to Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). The commentsContinue Reading »...
  • Leading Patient, Provider, Diagnostic and Laboratory Organizations Call on Congress to Protect Seniors from Medicare Lab Cuts

    August 02, 2018
    HHS’ flawed data collection system jeopardizes beneficiary access to critical lab services Washington, D.C. – With millions of Medicare beneficiaries facing year-over-year cuts to their Medicare lab access, more than 30 leading organizations representing patients, health care professionals, laboratories and diagnostic manufacturers urged Congressional leaders to take immediate action to prevent drastic reductions to beneficiaries’ care. The letter reiterates the serious concerns regarding theContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Statement on HHS OIG Report Regarding PAMA Cuts & Data Collection

    July 19, 2018
    Washington, D.C. – Following the release of today’s report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding laboratory data collection under The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), Julie Khani, President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), released the following statement: “Today’s OIG report skirts the central issue: that HHS deliberatelyContinue Reading »...
  • AIM Coalition Urges Policymakers to Strengthen Medicare Self-Referral Provisions to Advance Transition to Value-Based Care

    July 18, 2018
    Washington, D.C. – As policymakers explore solutions to further advance the transition to a value-based care delivery system, members of the Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a broad coalition of medical specialty, laboratory, radiation oncology and medical imaging groups committed to ending the practice of inappropriate physician self-referral, issued the following statement ahead of a Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on theContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Statement on Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Changes

    July 13, 2018
    Proposed rule seeks input on how to improve data collection process; millions of seniors still at risk for continued cuts to essential Medicare lab services    Washington, D.C. – Following the release of a proposed Medicare payment rule, The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) continues to raise concerns about the flawed implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) that will lead toContinue Reading »...
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