COVERAGE

Medicare Coverage: NGS Testing of Early-Stage Cancer Patients Is Back in Play

The reimbursement outlook for those who provide next generation sequencing (NGS) testing to early-stage cancer of Medicare patients with hereditary risks is far brighter today than it was a few weeks … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

CMS Says Big Changes Are in Store for Stark Law by End of Year

The Stark Law is like the weather: Everybody talks about it but nobody does anything about it. But that all may be about to change if CMS Administrator Seema Verma is to be believed. During her recent … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

The Newest PAMA Controversy: The GAO Report & Intervention of a Powerful Senator

The recent moves by CMS to include certain hospital outreach labs as "applicable laboratories" for purposes of PAMA reporting and pricing (see National Intelligence Report (NIR), Dec. 31, 2018) has … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Medicare Reimbursement: New Guidance on Date of Service Rules for Part B Billing of Hospital Outpatient Lab Tests

In 2018, new date-of-service rules took effect for billing and coding of outpatient lab tests under Medicare Part B, rather than as part of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) … [Read more...]

CMS

Post-PAMA: Government Report Warns of Medicare Overspending(!) for Lab Tests

As if the deep price cuts inflicted by PAMA weren't infuriating enough, now the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is claiming that labs may be getting overpaid. In a report issued late … [Read more...]

CORRECTION

Correction: PAMA Relief—CMS 1450 14x TOB Labs DO Count!

Two articles appearing on the G2 website, "CMS Offers Some PAMA Relief But Not Nearly Enough" (G2 Compliance Advisor/Lab Compliance Advisor) and "2019 CLFS Offers Some PAMA Relief But Not Nearly … [Read more...]

PAMA

Medicare Reimbursement: ACLA Court Appeal Maintains 2-Front War for PAMA Relief

It's official. The ACLA is appealing the September federal court decision to dismiss its PAMA lawsuit (ACLA v. Azar). Here's a quick rundown of the three things you need to know. 1. The Legal … [Read more...]

CMS

Medicare Appeals: CMS Tries to Speed the Process & Unjam the Backlog

On Oct. 2, CMS proposed revisions to rules for appealing adverse Medicare claim determinations (Proposed Rules).  The goal is to speed the process that currently takes three to four years and loosen … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

Florida Doctor Jailed 5 Months for Lying to a Medicare Auditor

Lying to a Medicare auditor or otherwise obstructing a Medicare audit is a crime that can get you jailed. A 73-year-old endocrinologist specializing in diabetes management just learned that lesson the … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

Medicare Reimbursement: Labs Propose Solutions to PAMA Part B Pricing Problem

CMS recently issued its annual proposed rule on 2019 Medicare Part B reimbursement. For many labs, the number one concern is the proposed extension of the controversial PAMA "market pricing" scheme to … [Read more...]


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