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...]


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...]


Reimbursement Trends: 5 More New Molecular Tests Get the Medicare Green Light from Palmetto

Normally among the slowest payors to accept promising but unproven new tests, Medicare continues to loosen the reins for molecular assays. In May, Palmetto GBA (Columbia, SC), one of Medicare's most … [Read more...]


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...]


LCDs Demonstrate Evolving Coverage of Molecular Diagnostics

Advanced diagnostic tests are emerging faster than the clinicians can document their clinical utility. All of this creates an interesting dilemma for payors as far as coverage is concerned. Normally … [Read more...]


4 Things about the OPPS Final Rule That Labs Need to Know

On Nov. 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule for 2017. In case you … [Read more...]


OIG Report Details Medicare Payments for Top Lab Tests

Medicare Part B paid $7 billion for lab tests in 2015, the same amount it shelled out in 2014. But 2015 Medicare payments for the top 25 lab tests dipped slightly to $4.1 billion, as compared to $4.2 … [Read more...]


OIG Surveys How CMS is Doing on PAMA Implementation

With D-day set for Jan. 1, 2018 for implementation of a new payment methodology for lab services under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) just … [Read more...]


PAMA Update: CMS Guidance and Reporting Information Trickles In

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promised more details would be coming once it released the final rule implementing the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) this past … [Read more...]


Proposed Episode Payment Model for Cardiac Conditions, Fractures Could Impact Labs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the proposed rule Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models for three conditions—acute myocardial infarction … [Read more...]