Two New Bills

New Federal Legislation Would Give Labs Grants to Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity

We all hope the worst of the pandemic is over and that life can get back to something like normal. But even as America reopens, the disturbing truth remains that the virus is still out there and that … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Politics & Lab Testing

$3 Trillion HEROES Stimulus Bill Clears House Will Die in Senate

On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 208 to 199, a new $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill that includes $75 billion to support diagnostic testing and contact tracing … [Read more...]

PAMA

COVID-19 Relief Bill Defers 2021 Medicare Part B Lab Test Price Cuts for One Year

The $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), provides for free coronavirus testing without adequately compensating the labs who perform the tests. … [Read more...]

Congress Moves One Step Closer to Passing “Surprise Billing” Legislation

Prospects for the passage of legislation banning “surprise billing” of patients before the presidential election advanced significantly on Feb. 12 with the powerful House Ways and Committee … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

New Laws: Congress Tables Bill to Make Whole-Genome Sequencing Available to Medicaid Kids

In early August, Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA) and John Shimkus (R-IL) introduced in the US House of Representatives a bill to provide "certain undiagnosed children under the Medicaid program" … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

PAMAgeddon: Congress Tables Bill to Delay Next Round of Price Reporting for One Year

The PAMA data collection process has been a lightning rod for criticism from almost the moment CMS unveiled it. And now Congress may be getting ready to intervene. A newly proposed bill called … [Read more...]

TECHNOLOGY

10x Genomics Ordered to Pay $23.9 Million for Infringing Bio-Rad’s Patents

Case: The Federal District Court jury found that 10x willfully infringed three genetic analysis technology patents that Bio-Rad licensed from the University of Chicago on an exclusive basis. … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

New Broad All-Payor Kickback Law Impacting Laboratories, Commission-based Compensation and more

By Danielle Sloane bio and Chris Climo bio In a recent piece of federal legislation intended to address the opioid crisis across the United States, Congress enacted a new all-payor kickback … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

Industry Buzz: Obamacare Repeal Sends Tremors through Insurance Markets

What came as a Christmas gift to many Republicans may be a lump of coal in the stocking of many others. On December 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (aka, … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

New Laws: Proposed Federal Legislation Would Allow Medicare Payment for Genetic Counselling

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in October calls for CMS to recognize certified genetic counselors as healthcare providers. Here's a quick overview of the bill and why it … [Read more...]


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