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  • Comments on Proficiency Testing Referral Sanctions Proposed Rule

    November 15, 2013
    Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS-1443-P: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System for Federally Qualified Health Centers; Changes to Contracting Policies for Rural Health Clinics; and Changes to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Enforcement Actions for Proficiency Testing Referral;Continue Reading »...
  • Breast Cancer Patients Deserve Better: Policy Must Support Innovation

    October 31, 2013
    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, those of us in the advocacy community take stock of the millions of lives that have been affected forever by this dreadful disease. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of death in women. Each year, about 230,000 women, and more than 2,000 men, receive a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. Cancer survivors, caregiversContinue Reading »...
  • Comments Regarding 2013 Final Gapfill Prices

    October 30, 2013
    Mr. Marc Hartstein, Director Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group Center for Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244 RE: Final 2013 Gapfill Payment Amounts for Molecular Pathology Tests Dear Marc, Please accept the comments of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) on the final 2013 Gapfill Payment Amounts for Molecular Pathology Tests.1 ACLA is an association representing clinicalContinue Reading »...
  • Medicare ‘Fixes’ Are Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish

    October 30, 2013
    Our leaders in Washington too often rely on short-term “fixes” for long-term problems that have plagued the nation’s Medicare program. Unfortunately, many of these changes may ultimately increase health care costs and hurt the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries. Clinical laboratory services have been on the chopping block, and may be again as Congress searches for “pay-fors” later this year. These innovative,Continue Reading »...
  • Comments on CY 2014 CMS Preliminary Payment Determinations

    October 25, 2013
    Mr. Glenn McGuirk Acting Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Medicare 7500 Security Boulevard Mail Stop C4-01-26 Baltimore, Maryland 21244 Re: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Calendar Year 2014 New and Reconsidered Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Test Codes and Preliminary Payment Determinations Dear Mr. McGuirk: On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”), weContinue Reading »...
  • Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Medicare Officials to Drop Proposal to Cut Payments for Anatomic Pathology Services

    October 18, 2013
    Washington, D.C. — The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) praises U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and 38 of their colleagues for sending a letter this week urging Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to reconsider cuts to Medicare payments for anatomic pathology services that diagnose breast, prostate, leukemia, and other cancers. Specifically, the letter argues thatContinue Reading »...
  • 115 Members of Congress Urge Medicare Officials to Drop Proposal to Cut Medicare Payments for Pathology Services

    October 10, 2013
    Washington, D.C. — The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) applauds efforts by U.S. Congressmen Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and 113 of their colleagues in the House who sent a letter yesterday to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner requesting a withdrawal of a recommendation in the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule to cut MedicareContinue Reading »...
  • Letter from 115 House of Reps to CMS

    October 07, 2013
    The Honorable Marilyn B. Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington, DC  20201 Dear Administrator  Tavenner: We write to express our strong opposition to a proposal in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule updating the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rates and policies for calendar year (CY) 2014.  Under the 2014 Medicare PhysicianContinue Reading »...
  • Statement on Revised Gapfill Pricing of the Molecular Diagnostic Codes

    October 01, 2013
    Statement on Revised Gapfill Pricing of the Molecular Diagnostic Codes October 1, 2013 Washington, DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ release of the revised gapfill pricing of the molecular diagnostic codes: “On September 30th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final carrier prices for the new molecular diagnostic codes, describingContinue Reading »...
  • Fee changes take a toll on lab testing industry

    September 25, 2013
    Miami Herald By Doug Van oort Many healthcare providers agree that Washington has rightfully gotten serious about unsustainable cost growth in healthcare and, specifically, in Medicare. Yet when cost cutting is taken to its extreme, with proposals that would result in below-cost reimbursement for Medicare providers, policies become penny-wise and pound-foolish. As the head of a clinical laboratory specializing in cancer testing for moreContinue Reading »...