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Take Action Against Massive Cuts in Medicare Pathology and Laboratory Services

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CONTACT CONGRESS ABOUT MASSIVE CUTS IN PATHOLOGY/LABORATORY REIMBURSEMENT

THESE CUTS COULD RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT JOB LOSS AND LABORATORY CLOSURES

Massive cuts in payment rates for pathology and laboratory services could occur as a result of a proposed regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is proposing that some pathology and laboratory services would be slashed as much as 50 to 80 percent.

In response, ASCP is urging everyone—not just ASCP Members—to contact their members of Congress as soon as possible.

The proposed cuts are outlined in the CMS’ 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. One of the proposals would cap payment rates for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule at rates paid under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. The proposed cuts apply to the technical component and global payments for pathology and laboratory services. ASCP is very concerned that cuts this big could result in layoffs and the closure or downsizing of some laboratories.

ASCP is asking you to use the ASCP e-Advocacy Center to send a quick message to your representatives in Congress, urging them to contact CMS in opposition to the proposed payment cap. ASCP has developed a customizable draft letter, so that contacting your members of Congress will take only few minutes. Please take a moment to help prevent these proposals from being implemented.

For more detail on the cuts proposed by CMS for pathology and laboratory services, see ASCP’s recent analysis in ASCP e-Policy News.

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