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  • Letter to Lawmakers Regarding Physician Payment Reform

    May 11, 2011
    The Honorable Dave Camp Chairman,House Committee on Ways & Means The Honorable Wally Herger Chairman, Subcommittee on Health House Committee on Ways & Means The Honorable Sander Levin Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways & Means The Honorable Pete Stark Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Health House Committee on Ways & Means   Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: On behalf of the Alliance for IntegrityContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to CMS Regarding Physician Signature Rule

    May 02, 2011
    Jonathan D. Blum Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director, Center for Medicare Management Mail Stop 314G 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Mr. Blum: On behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”), I am writing to express our appreciation for your assistance with the “physician signature” rule that was included in the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule. In thatContinue 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 »...
  • Memorandum in Opposition to 2011-2012 Proposed Health Budget

    February 24, 2011
    In effect, DOH has turned the clinical laboratory reference system special revenue account into an unauthorized and unsupervised revenue stream that is limited only by the bounds of the defendant’s [DOH’s] creativity in characterizing the Wadsworth Center’s expenses as attributable to the oversight of the plaintiffs [laboratories]. Decision and Order of Edward A. Sheridan, J.H.O., Albany County Supreme Court, American Association of Bioanalysts v.Continue Reading »...
  • Letter from the US Senate to CMS Regarding the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

    February 11, 2011
    Donald Berwick, MD Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Baltimore, MD 21244—8013 Dear Dr. Berwick: We write you today regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid  Services (CMS) requirement included in the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule that laboratory requisition  fonns be signed by the ordering physician.   We ask that CMS consider delaying enforcement of the requirement, possiblyContinue Reading »...
  • Letter from House of Representatives to CMS Regarding 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

    February 10, 2011
    Donald Berwick, MD Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Baltimore,  MD  21244—8013 Dear Dr. Berwick: We write you today regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement included in the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule that laboratory requisition forms be signed by the ordering physician. We ask that CMS consider delaying enforcement ofContinue Reading »...
  • CMS Delays Enforcement of Medicare Physician Signature Requirement Three Months

    December 21, 2010
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 21, 2010 Contact: JoAnne Glisson American Clinical Laboratory Association (202) 637-9466 glisson@clinical-labs.org CMS DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF MEDICARE PHYSICIAN SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT THREE MONTHS; ACLA VOWS TO WORK WITH CMS TOWARD WORKABLE ALTERNATIVES TO REQUIREMENT TO AVOID DISRUPTION OF PATIENT ACCESS TO LABORATORY SERVICES Washington DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) appreciates the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS)Continue Reading »...
  • CLC Letter to CMS Regarding 2011 Medicare PFS

    December 03, 2010
      December 3, 2010 Ms. Marilyn Tavenner Deputy Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Ms. Tavenner: The undersigned laboratory, hospital, and health care organizations write to express our opposition to the January 1, 2011 implementation date for the provision in the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final RuleContinue Reading »...
  • ACLA Urges Immediate Action by Congress to Extend Technical Component “Grandfather”

    December 01, 2010
    Washington DC – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today joined nine other health care organizations in sending a letter to the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees’ leadership urging swift action to extend the Technical Component (TC) “Grandfather” set to expire this year on December 31st. The TC “Grandfather” would ensure that hospitals can continue to rely on independent laboratories toContinue Reading »...
  • Letter to Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Camp Regarding TC “Grandfather”

    November 30, 2010
      November 30, 2010 The Honorable Sandy Levin Chairman House Ways and Means Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Dave Camp Ranking Member House Ways and Means Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Camp: The undersigned organizations, representing laboratories, hospitals, laboratory professionals, physicians, and the patients we serve, urge you to extend in the lame duck session an expiring provisionContinue Reading »...