In Fixing Physician Medicare Pay, Congress Enacts Yet Another Cut in Clinical Laboratory Test Fee Schedule

A part of this legislation, the grandfather clause on Technical Component (TC) anatomic pathology services was extended through June 1, 2012. Last Friday, clinical laboratories got bad news about new cuts to the Medicare Part B medical laboratory test fee schedule. Congress voted on a temporary funding fix to keep Medicare physician fees at current levels for 10 more months and a reduction in lab test fees was one source of the money that Congress used to fund this bill. Pathologists and...

It’s Back on the Table! Medicare Patient Co-Pay for Clinical Laboratory Tests Is One of 27 Cost-Cutting Proposals in Federal Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Document leak earlier this week pulls curtain back on potential cuts to Medicare/Medicaid spending Spending cuts of between $334 billion and $353 billion over the next 10 years are on the table in the negotiations over the federal debt ceiling. The bad news for the clinical laboratory industry is that restoration of the Medicare patient co-pay for medical laboratory tests is not only on the list of proposed spending cuts, but represents a significant chunk of money—as much as $16 billion...

Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories: Medicare Officials Intend to Rescind Rule Requiring Physician Signatures on Paper Lab Reqs

CMS says it will take steps to rescind the final rule before its scheduled implementation on April 1, 2011 Clinical laboratories and pathology groups will welcome the news that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will take steps to rescind the final rule that requires the physician’s signature be on all paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests ordered on behalf of Medicare patients. It means that implementation of the rule—now scheduled to become effective on...
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