CMS

Lab Fails in Bid to Get Medicare Payment Suspension Set Aside

Case: In 2017, CMS suspended 100% of Medicare payments to True Health Diagnostics (THD) based on what it called “credible allegations of fraud.” Two years later, while the suspension was still in … [Read more...]

The New CMS Medicare Exclusion Rules & How to Comply with

On Nov. 4, 2019, a new Final Rule, aka the Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process, broadens CMS’ powers to kick labs and other providers and suppliers out of Medicare and … [Read more...]

Brief Your CEO: It May Become Easier to Get CMS Stark Clearance for Business Deals with Referral Sources

Part of the challenge of running a lab compliance program is making your officers aware of how business transactions your lab makes with a physician that refers patients to you for testing creates the … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PLANS

OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: August 2019

Of the 12 new items in the OIG's Work Plan this month, six indirectly impact lab providers and services. Medicare Payments of Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Devices for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) … [Read more...]

CMS

PAMAgeddon: GAO Official Acknowledges Flaws in Lab Price Report as a Powerful Senator Enters the Scene

In November 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a controversial report suggesting that the new PAMA system will result in billions of dollars worth of Medicare overpayments … [Read more...]

OUTPATIENT PAYMENTS

How to Determine Date of Service for Part B Billing of Outpatient Lab Tests

Date of service rules affect whether outpatient lab tests are part of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) bundled payment or can be billed separately under Part B. Last month, … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Limits NGS Early Cancer Test Coverage but Industry Fires Back

Getting Medicare to cover Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) tests has been a slow go. And the latest CMS National Coverage Determination (NCD) for early stage cancer NGS testing of patients with … [Read more...]

NEWS

Government Shutdown: The Impact on the Agencies that Regulate Labs

As we go to press, the longest U.S. government shutdown in history drags on with no end in sight. And while it may not affect your lab directly, the shutdown will have an indirect impact to the extent … [Read more...]

PAMA

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Provides Needed PAMA Relief—But Newly Covered Hospital Labs Must Report in 2019

The battle between CMS and the lab industry over Medicare Part B pricing for lab tests could be on the road to resolution notwithstanding the ACLA's recent court loss. But even as the legal battle … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Provider Fined for Not Taking Compliance Measures Required by Its CIA

Case: Nearly 10 years ago, a new Affordable Care Act rule requiring labs and other providers to investigate their credit balances for potential Medicare overpayments took effect. In 2015, Pediatric … [Read more...]


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