STARK LAW

CMS Mulls Stark Law Relief: This Time It May Be for Real

After decades of complaining about the Stark Law, the lab industry may now have an actual opportunity to secure meaningful relief. On June 20, CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input … [Read more...]

MACRA REQUIREMENT

How to Adjust to the April 2018 Medicare Beneficiary Cards

By Sean McSweeney  bio In a press release on May 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) commented regarding their fraud prevention initiative program and their … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

PAMA Reimbursement: CMS Explains How to Get ADLT Status for New Lab Tests

Although the 2018 market-based Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) is officially in effect, implementation of the new PAMA Part B payment rules for lab tests remains a work in progress. On March … [Read more...]

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...]

FOCUS ON

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...]

FOCUS ON

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...]

FOCUS ON

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...]


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