Op-Ed: If Washington takes a short-sighted view, seniors will pay the price

July 11, 2019 Categories: ACLA News, Featured News, ACLA In The News

This week, ACLA President Julie Khani published an op-ed in The Hill, responding to a troubling recent proposal by Roger Klein to disregard private payor data and instead impose a spending cap for some tests.

As Khani points out, “Such a plan would further erode PAMA’s clear goal of moving to a market-based system in Medicare and would undermine the assurances of a predictable reimbursement system that is needed in order for laboratories to continue to innovate.”

“At its core, the promise of a market-based payment system should work for all clinical laboratory services. But the first few years of PAMA have not yielded this result.”

“Last year, with seniors’ access to benefits on the line, more than 30 organizations urged Congress to take immediate action to protect seniors. The recently introduced Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act would take a critical step to delay the data reporting period for one-year in order for CMS to get it right.”

Read Khani’s full op-ed in The Hill.

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