ACLA Press Releases

  • AIM Coalition Welcomes Health Affairs Study on Urologist “Self-Referral” of Surgical Pathology Services

    April 10, 2012
      Study by Georgetown’s Jean Mitchell says self-referral is increasing billings for prostate biopsy pathology evaluations, but not improving cancer detection Washington DC – The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM)—a broad coalition of medical specialty, laboratory, radiation oncology, and medical imaging groups—today applauded publication of a new study which focuses on the practice of self-referral among urologists who conduct prostate biopsy evaluations inContinue Reading »...
  • New Study On Self-Referral Labs: More Tests, Higher Costs, Fewer Cancer Detections

    April 09, 2012
     CAP Urges Immediate Action to Close In-office Loophole in Federal Law NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A new study by researchers at Georgetown University reveals that the practice of ordering tests from pathology labs in which treating physicians have a financial stake resulted in increased utilization, higher Medicare spending, and lower rates of cancer detection. The independent study was published today in Health Affairs and ledContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Lauds New Health Affairs Study Finding Medicare Costs Rise and Fewer Cancers Are Detected When Physicians Self-Refer for Prostate Cancer Surgical Pathology Services

    April 09, 2012
    Study demonstrates physicians’ financial self-interest may drive unwarranted procedures and unnecessary Medicare spending; highlights the need for Congress to end legal loophole permitting self-referral of surgical pathology services. Washington, DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today welcomed a new study published in Health Affairs providing compelling evidence of the increase in government health care spending that results from urologists performing prostate biopsiesContinue 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 »...
  • ACLA Expresses Strong Support for Bill Modernizing Regulation of Lab-Developed Tests

    October 14, 2011
    For Immediate Release, October 14, 2011 Contact: Alan Mertz, 202-637-9466 ACLA Expresses Strong Support for Bill Modernizing Regulation of Lab-Developed Tests Washington DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced its “full and strong” support for legislation introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) that would modernize the current regulatory pathway for all laboratory developed tests. The legislation, H.R. 3207, the Modernizing LaboratoryContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Voices Strong Concern Over MedPAC Proposal to Cut Medicare Reimbursement for Laboratory Services

    September 16, 2011
    For Immediate Release September 16, 2011 Contact: Alan Mertz, 202-637-9466 or amertz@acla.com ACLA Voices Strong Concern Over MedPAC Proposal to Cut Medicare Reimbursement for Laboratory Services We believe that additional reimbursement cuts to clinical laboratories are unsustainable, as they would hit an industry that has nothing left to cut.” Washington DC—The proposal now under consideration by the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee to slash MedicareContinue 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 »...
  • 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 »...
  • 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 »...
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