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    ASCP Action Alert Targets CMS

    August 28, 2013
    ASCP recently urged you to contact Congress about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed cuts in reimbursement for essential pathology and laboratory services. This follow-up alert now asks you to urge CMS to abandon these harmful cuts in pathology and laboratory payment rates. Read more
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    ePolicy News August 2013

    July 24, 2013
    Medicare PFS: A Triple Whammy for Pathologists and Labs
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ newly released CY2014 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule outlines several initiatives that could profoundly affect Medicare pathology and laboratory services payment rates. Read more
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    ePolicy News July 2013

    July 01, 2013
    Medicare Laboratory Fees Under Microscope … Again
    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report claiming Medicare overpays for clinical laboratory services by 18 to 30 percent. The report, Comparing Lab Test Payment Rates: Medicare Could Achieve Substantial Savings, compares Medicare payment for clinical laboratory services to Medicaid and three Federal Employee Health Plans. To address these supposed “overpayments,” the report recommends cutting the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS), imposing co-pays and deductibles on the CLFS, and instituting competitive bidding of clinical laboratory services. Read more

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