ASCLS Issues Action Alert
We received the following press release from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science:
Congress is considering including Medicare cuts as part of the debt limit legislative package. One of the potential Medicare cuts would impose a new 20 percent coinsurance on clinical laboratory services.
As you know from past efforts to impose a co-payment on laboratory services, we will have difficulty collecting these small amounts.
So in essence this would result in a 20 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements, and burden labs with trying to collect these amounts from beneficiaries. It is important that you contact your Representative and Senators TODAY and ask that they oppose the implementation of this coinsurance.
The ASCLS provided suggested wording for a letter to elected officials that began with this paragraph:
I am a medical laboratory professional living in the state. I and my
colleagues in this profession provide you and your loved ones with the
vital information that your physicians need to diagnose that heart
attack, tell you that your child or grandchild is getting better, inform
you what chemotherapy will work on your mother, and how to manage other
life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and
infectious diseases. As your constituent, I am asking, please do not
include reimbursement cuts to clinical laboratory services or impose a
new 20% laboratory coinsurance requirement on Medicare beneficiaries as
Congress crafts the debt limit package.
To take action, visit:
For more information about or to join the ASCLS, visit www.ascls.org