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  • Letter to CMS Regarding Gapfilling

    November 30, 2012
    November 30, 2012   Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244   Dear Ms. Tavenner: On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”), I am writing to express our serious concerns about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS’s” or “the agency’s”) intention to direct the Medicare Administrative Contractors (“MACs”) to use gapfillingContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Daniel Levinson Regarding LDTs in Work Plan

    November 15, 2012
      November 15, 2012   Mr. Daniel Levinson Office of the Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services 300 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201   Dear Mr. Levinson:   We are writing with regard to an item in the Office of the Inspector General’s (“OIG’s”) Work Plan for 2013 on oversight of Laboratory-Developed Tests (“LDTs”). The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) isContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Lauds Senate Approval of Bill Increasing Flexibility of Regulations that Threaten Access to Clinical Lab Tests

    November 15, 2012
    For Release: November 15, 2012 Contact: Jason Dubois, 202-637-9466 ACLA Lauds Senate Approval of Bill Increasing Flexibility of Regulations that Threaten Access to Clinical Lab Tests WASHINGTON, DC — The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today applauded the U.S. Senate for yesterday’s passage of the Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (TEST Act), introduced in the House by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY). The HouseContinue Reading »...
  • Comments on Proposed UDI Rule

    November 07, 2012
        November 7, 2012 BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Re: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0090; RIN 0910-AG31; Unique Device Identification System: Proposed Rule Dear Sir/Madam: The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) is pleased to provide comments to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) on issues related to the proposed rule,Continue Reading »...
  • ACLA Applauds CMS’ Decision on Medicare Payment for Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory Tests; Has Serious Concerns About Drastic Cuts to Pathology Services

    November 02, 2012
    November 2, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Alan Mertz, 202-637-9466 ACLA Applauds CMS’ Decision on Medicare Payment for Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory Tests; Has Serious Concerns About Drastic Cuts to Pathology Services Washington, DC. The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) applauds the release yesterday of a final decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Medicare payment for molecular diagnostic tests performedContinue 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 »...
  • Comments Regarding CMS Proposed Payment Determinations for CLFS 2013

    September 28, 2012
        September 28, 2012   Mr. Glenn McGuirk Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Medicare 7500 Security Boulevard Mail Stop C4-01-26 Baltimore, Maryland 21244   Dear Mr. McGuirk:   The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) is pleased to offer its comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS’s” or “the agency’s”) preliminary payment decisions for new and reconsidered ClinicalContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Applauds House Passage of Bill that Increases Flexibility of Regulations which Threaten Access to Clinical Lab Tests

    September 20, 2012
    For Release: Sept. 20, 2012 Contact: Jason DuBois, 202-637-9466 ACLA Applauds House Passage of Bill that Increases Flexibility of Regulations which Threaten Access to Clinical Lab Tests WASHINGTON, DC—The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for yesterday’s passage of H.R. 6118, the Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (TEST Act), introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY). A SenateContinue Reading »...
  • Comments on PFS Proposed Rule for CY 2013

    September 04, 2012
        September 4, 2012   Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Room 445-G Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201   RE: CMS-1590-P; Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2013 – Proposed Rule   Dear Ms. Tavenner:   The American ClinicalContinue Reading »...
  • Comments Regarding ONC Lab Health IT Survey

    August 17, 2012
        August 17, 2012   COMMENTS OF THE AMERICAN CLINICAL LABORATORY ASSOCIATION ON OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUEST REGARDING HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE IN CLINICAL LABORATORIES   The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) appreciates the opportunity to offer its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) proposed project, “National Survey on Health InformationContinue Reading »...