Press Release: DARK Daily | Revisions in PAMA private payer price data reporting requirements having a dramatic effect on laboratory organizations


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Recent changes made to PAMA regulations mean that many more hospital and other labs must now report their PAMA private payer price data to Medicare. These revisions are having a profound impact on hospital and other laboratories.

“Laboratories now face considerable risk if not compliant with the latest PAMA requirements, with continuing adjustments and proposals to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule carrying far-reaching budget implications,” stated Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “The most current understanding of PAMA’s impact is crucial.”

A must-attend webinar for everyone on the hospital and lab team responsible for gathering, analyzing, and reporting data to CMS, “PAMA in 2019: What Labs Need to Know to Collect Data, Report on Time and Avoid $10,000 per day Penalties,” is taking place Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 1 pm EST. This program is tailored to laboratory directors, managers, and administrators; hospital COOs and CFOs, Contract and Compliance Officers, and Laboratory IT and Billing Department staff, and is designed to provide answers to the toughest questions and enable attendees to master the knowledge needed to report accurate and complete data on time.

Expert speakers are Rodney W. Forsman, Assistant Professor Emeritus, Lab Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and Brian Kemp, Vice President, Change Healthcare, in North Charleston, SC.

During the 90-minute session, webinar participants will:

  • Learn which labs must report this year and why reporting requirements changed
  • The collection and reporting periods under current PAMA rules
  • Definition of “applicable information” when reporting and how to establish appropriate reporting capabilities
  • Why proper data capture is critical, data validation, and preparing for data submission
  • Assessing the lab’s billing and IT limitations, and responding accordingly
  • Up-to-the-minute information on potential issues specific to hospital outreach programs
  • Strategies to offset PAMA impact in the lab, compliance obstacles that may be encountered, and much more

For more information about “PAMA in 2019: What Labs Need to Know to Collect Data, Report on Time and Avoid $10,000 per day Penalties,” and to view webinar details, click here. You may also contact Chris Garcia at 512-264-7103.


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