Industry Buzz: ACLA Goes for Kill in PAMA Lab Fees Challenge Case

Attorneys for the American Clinical Laboratory Association asked the federal court for summary judgment in its lawsuit challenging the legality of the new PAMA-based Medicare Part B fee schedule for … [Read more...]


OPPS 2018: Revised Payment Rates & a New ADLT Date of Service Exemption

With all of the PAMA commotion, CMS's publication of the 2018 Medicare Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule has flown under the radar. In case you … [Read more...]


PAMA-Geddon: CMS Slashes 2018 Part B Lab Rates

Resisting industry pleas for a delay, CMS is sticking to the Jan. 1 start date for the new PAMA payment system. Even worse, it's sticking to its misguided formula for pricing lab tests. Result: The … [Read more...]


“Applicable Labs”: The Fly in the PAMA Market-Based Pricing Ointment

The lab industry has no objection to basing Medicare payments for lab tests on the actual rates charged to payors in the private market. What has the industry so upset is how CMS has executed the … [Read more...]


CORRECTION: Molecular Assays Stave Off Big Cuts in 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

  Editor's Note: The lead story in the November 25, 2016 issue of LIR is about changes to the 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule affecting reimbursement for clinical laboratory tests. The … [Read more...]


3 Things You Need to Know about the Lab Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) on Nov. 21. Here is a look at the three key changes you need to know about going into … [Read more...]


2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: The 3 Changes Affecting Your Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) on Nov. 21. The winners: The small group of labs that provide new specialty molecular … [Read more...]


Crosswalked Codes in 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

CPT Code Crosswalked To 80305 (Drug tests(s), presumptive, any number of drug classes; any number of devices or procedures, (e.g., immunoassay) capable of being read by direct optical … [Read more...]


Are Commercial Payers Citing Proposed CMS Gapfill Rates, Trying to Negotiate Lower Reimbursement?

During the summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed interim gapfill prices for 15 molecular tests. The agency said it would likely publish final prices later … [Read more...]


CMS Bars Theranos’ California Lab from Medicare Program

Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of college to start up Theranos. Now Theranos and Holmes have been dropped from the Medicare program. Theranos has confirmed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … [Read more...]