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ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

ACLA Comments to CMS
July 14, 2014 2:40 PM by Kerri Penno
In public comments presented to the CMS today, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) provided input on various aspects of implementing relevant provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 ("PAMA"), which modifies the Medicare Read More...
Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances
January 29, 2014 3:37 PM by Michael Jones
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public Read More...
CMS Reconsiders Reimbursement Cap
December 19, 2013 4:49 PM by Michael Jones
Across the country, laboratories and laboratory professionals have been bracing themselves for substantial cuts to Medicare reimbursements planned to move forward in the coming year. According to a press release from ASCP, the proposed cuts would have Read More...
Medicine Goes Mobile
May 31, 2013 12:20 PM by Michael Jones
Smartphones are amazing pieces of technology. Not only can we organize our calendars, surf the internet, listen to music, play scrabble and communicate with our friends and family using any number of social networking platforms -- let alone the actual Read More...
Thinking of Donating Used Lab Equipment?
May 23, 2012 8:02 AM by Lynn
The following is a guest blog from Jennifer Daugherty, a Business Development Coordinator for The Remi Group, LLC. Many clinical diagnosticians are now donating laboratory equipment to other healthcare organizations, research facilities, charities or Read More...
CMS Publishes 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
November 29, 2011 7:58 AM by Jill Hoffman
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which includes the final retraction of the signature requirement on lab requisitions and the 2012 clinical lab fee schedule, in the Read More...
CAP Pushes Key Issues as Super Committee Seems Likely to Miss First Deadline
November 22, 2011 7:48 AM by Jill Hoffman
As the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction’s first deadline of Nov. 23 seems unlikely to be met and the second deadline (Dec. 31) looms, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) continues meeting with staff of the Super Committee and leading lawmakers—including Read More...
ACLA Voices Concern Over Proposal to Cut Medicare Lab Reimbursement
September 27, 2011 8:12 AM by Jill Hoffman
A letter from ACLA President Alan Mertz sent this month to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Chairman Glenn Hackbarth said a proposal under consideration by the Commission to slash Medicare reimbursement rates for clinical laboratory services Read More...
Debt Ceiling Plan Calls for 2% Medicare Physician Cuts if Bipartisan Committee Misses Plan Deadline
August 9, 2011 8:27 AM by Jill Hoffman
Medicare providers could face 2% in cuts starting Jan. 1, 2013, as part of debt ceiling legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Obama Aug. 2, according to news on the College of American Pathologists website. The 2% cut would be enacted Read More...
Savings the Name of the Game
June 20, 2011 10:37 AM by Lynn Nace
By now I hope you’ve read our recent online articles, “ Enhance Revenue With Electronic Ordering ” and “ Blood Bank Instrumentation Purchases ” to get a feel for how efficiency and streamlining measures play off big for savings in the lab. We continue Read More...


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