Pathologists Exempt From 2015 Meaningful Use Penalty

Pathologists will automatically be exempt from electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use (MU) adjustments in 2015, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS recently … [Read more...]

House Passes Reauthorization to Require Newborn Screening Tests, Expand Program

The House June 24 passed a bill to reauthorize a program aimed at preventing newborn deaths and severe disabilities through the increased use of comprehensive and standardized newborn screening … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Targets Self-Referral of Laboratory Services

The commonwealth of Massachusetts is targeting clinical laboratory self-referrals with the passage of a new law that includes a broad prohibition of such referrals. The prohibition is included in the … [Read more...]

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Heads Home Until November

Congress adjourned Sept. 18 for an eight-week break, but not before passing a stopgap spending bill along with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. Both the … [Read more...]

‘Doc Fix’ Legislation Estimated to Cost $144B Over 10 Years

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Nov. 14 said legislation (H.R. 4015, S. 2000) to replace the Medicare physician payment system would cost $144 billion from 2015 to 2024, a jump from the $138 … [Read more...]

Leaders of Republican Doctors Caucus See No Action on SGR During Lame Duck

Efforts to find a long-term fix for Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for physician payment will have to wait until 2015, the co-chairman of the Republican-formed GOP Doctors Caucus … [Read more...]