DRUG TESTING

Part B Reimbursement: OIG Flags $66.3 Million in Improper Urine Specimen Validity Test Payments

These are tense times for providers of urine drug tests for Medicare and Medicaid patients. And on Feb. 20, the hot seat got even hotter with the issuance of a new OIG report saying CMS made $66.3 … [Read more...]

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Value Care: CMS Value Modifier Programs Ends Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Thanks for nothing. While CMS likes to congratulate itself for using provider pay adjustments to "transform the healthcare delivery system," more often than not, the rhetoric fails to live … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Medicare Reimbursement: Federal Government Funding Extension Includes a Boatload of Medicare Changes

The government shutdown fiasco is having an impact on Medicare spending and reimbursement. But the crucial details are being buried in the legislative paperwork. So we decided to ferret them out for … [Read more...]

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CLIA: After 36 Years, CMS Gives Lab Accreditation a Good Hard Look

"May you live in interesting times." If you've been in the clinical labs business for a while, you probably appreciate the wisdom behind this ancient Chinese curse. 2018 is shaping up to be a very … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Finalizes Controversial PAMA Fee Schedule

It's official. CMS is going forward with its controversial 2018 PAMA Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Regrettably, the final version closely tracks the preliminary one (See GCA, Oct. 24, 2017, … [Read more...]

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PAMA Implementation: PLA Codes for Advanced Dx Tests Are Off to a Flying Start

PAMA implementation is so sweeping that it requires a shift in not just payment paradigm but also CPT codes. This has served as the impetus for development of a new class of codes known as … [Read more...]

CMS

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...]

CMS

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Proposes MACRA Physician Performance Requirements for 2018

On June 30, CMS issued a Proposed Rule addressing a key part of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation: the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, the second … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Labs to CMS: Push Back PAMA & Add Hospital Labs to CLFS Mix

The lab industry continues to wait nervously for word from CMS regarding PAMA. Demand 1: Fix the Fee Schedule Methodology The industry's paramount concern remains the formula CMS proposes to use to … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

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...]


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