COLA Engages Clients on Proposed Federal Rule

Several federal agencies have proposed amending the patient privacy provisions of two federal laws, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In effect, the new rule – CMS-2319-P: Patients’ Access to Test Reports – would repeal exceptions to an individual’s right of access…

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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…

Medicare Copays for Clinical Lab Services: ACLA’s View

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this document outlining its views about proposals to change the cost sharing structure for Medicare by initiating a patient copay for lab services. _____________________ Clinical Laboratory Cost Sharing – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish One option raised by the Congressional Budget Office…

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What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Labs?

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this analysis of the impact the debt ceiling compromise agreed to by President Obama and Congress will have on the lab industry. The Debt Ceiling Compromise and What It Means for Labs The legislation, once enacted, sets up essentially two stages to…

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…