PT Referral Bill Becomes Law

 On December 4, 2012, President Obama signed into law H. R. 6118 — the Taking Essential Steps for Testing (TEST) Act of 2012. The new law, which passed the U. S. House of Representatives in September and the Senate in November by voice vote, resolves a longstanding unresolved issue with respect to CLIA enforcement –…

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Questions About New Lab Test Access Rule Addressed

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prepared the following FAQ sheet answering questions about a proposed new rule to allow patients direct access to their testing results from previously-exempted labs. To view the proposed regulation, click here. Frequently Asked Questions CMS-2319-P: Patients’ Access to Test Reports 1. What are the proposed changes to…

R.W. WATKINS, M.D., M.P.H. JOINS COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announced that Asheville Physician, R. W. “Chip” Watkins, M.D., M.P.H. has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Watkins serves as Medical Director of Community Care of Western…

Rule Would Rescind Physician Signature Rule for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to retract the so-called physician signature requirement for clinical diagnostic lab testing. Originally part of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the policy would have required the signature of a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner on a requisition for tests paid…

Scholarships Available to Lab Students

In an effort to help address the workforce shortage which has plagued the medical laboratory profession, ASCP and Siemens will be awarding more than $125,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students during the 2011-2012 academic year. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available, The deadline for applications is November 15,…