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PT Referral Bill Becomes Law

 On December 4, 2012, President Obama signed into law H. R. 6118 — the Taking Essential Steps for Testing (TEST) Act of 2012. The new law, which passed the U. S. House of Representatives in September and the Senate in November by voice vote, resolves a longstanding unresolved issue with respect to CLIA enforcement – […]

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COLA Engages Clients on Proposed Federal Rule

Several federal agencies have proposed amending the patient privacy provisions of two federal laws, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In effect, the new rule – CMS-2319-P: Patients’ Access to Test Reports – would repeal exceptions to an individual’s right of access […]

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Final Accountable Care Organization Rules Unveiled

After reviewing more than 1,300 comments received from doctors and others across the healthcare spectrum, the Obama Administration has issued its final rules for so-called accountable care organizations (ACOs) under Medicare. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services issued its proposed rule last March, and unveiled the final rules on October 20th. They […]

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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): One Perspective

According to a recent article on AAFP’s “News Now” site, a nationally-recognized expert on healthcare payments and quality issues believes that primary care physicians, not hospitals, should take the lead on creating ACOs. Click here to read comments made by Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform and president/CEO […]

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Industry News

Questions About New Lab Test Access Rule Addressed

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prepared the following FAQ sheet answering questions about a proposed new rule to allow patients direct access to their testing results from previously-exempted labs. To view the proposed regulation, click here. Frequently Asked Questions CMS-2319-P: Patients’ Access to Test Reports 1. What are the proposed changes to […]

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New Federal Rule To Give Patients Direct Access to Lab Results

Several federal agencies have jointly proposed a rule which would allow patients to have direct access to lab test results, rather than having to go through their physicians. The proposed rule would amend the patient privacy provisions of two federal laws, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and the Health Insurance Portability and […]

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ACLA Expresses Opposition to Lab Copay Proposal to Congressional Panel

Alan Mertz, president of the American Clinical Laboratory Association of which COLA is an associate member, has sent this letter to all 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. In it, he outlines what he calls, “serious concerns that ACLA has regarding proposals for imposing copayments or coinsurance for laboratory services under Medicare.”

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Industry News

Lab Copays Under Medicare: One Doctor’s Take

Dr. Joseph M. Musto, vice chair of the National Independent Laboratory Association and president of Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine, Inc. in Bedford, Massachusetts, had this op-ed piece in the Tampa Tribune. In it, he critiques a proposal to impose a $1 copay on patients under Medicare Part B.

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Medicare Copays for Clinical Lab Services: ACLA’s View

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this document outlining its views about proposals to change the cost sharing structure for Medicare by initiating a patient copay for lab services. _____________________ Clinical Laboratory Cost Sharing – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish One option raised by the Congressional Budget Office […]

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What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Labs?

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this analysis of the impact the debt ceiling compromise agreed to by President Obama and Congress will have on the lab industry. The Debt Ceiling Compromise and What It Means for Labs The legislation, once enacted, sets up essentially two stages to […]

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