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Protecting Access to Medicare Act

Reminder: Many Hospitals Will Be Required to Report Lab Price Data as Part of PAMA Changes

[09/03/19]

Posted on September 3, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In 2014, Congress enacted the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (“PAMA”), changing the landscape of Medicare reimbursement for lab services. PAMA required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to establish a single, national Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (“CLFS”) based on current charges in the private health care market. Below, we provide background... READ MORE

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Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging – Testing Period Begins Soon!

[08/26/19]

Posted on August 26, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In late July 2019, CMS issued claims processing requirements for the educational and operations testing period for appropriate use criteria (“AUC”) related claims for advanced diagnostic imaging. Advanced imaging includes CT, PET, nuclear medicine, and MRI. The testing period begins January 1, 2020. The CMS Program Transmittal can be found here. Background The Protecting... READ MORE

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GAO Lab Report – Sound Analysis? Criticism from Senator Grassley and Others and CMS’s Response

[05/20/19]

Posted on May 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In November 2018, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report (“Report”) on new laboratory payment rates established by CMS under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (“PAMA”). In the Report, the GAO analyzed Medicare claims data to assess how CMS’s implementation of these new rates will impact Medicare expenditures and recommended CMS take... READ MORE

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