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CMS Announces New Approved Waived Testing Products

In its July 2011 update to the list of waived tests, CMS added three new devices approved by the FDA for this purpose. CPT CODE EFFECTIVE DATE DESCRIPTION 82274QW, G0328QW January 1, 2011 Polymedco Poly Stat OC-light FOB Test   87804QW January 10, 2011 BTNX, Inc. Rapid Response Influenza A Test Cassette   87804QW January…

CMS releases final Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

CMS Helping Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Agency offers healthcare providers flexibilities to ensure continued access to care for patients Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today announced new efforts underway at the agency to support millions of Americans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The ongoing response at CMS is focused on helping Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, providers, facilities…

CMS releases new proposed PT regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed regulations which would, among other things, includes regulatory revisions to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88). Specifically, the proposed rule would implement the “Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act of 2012” (Pub. L. 112-202). Enacted on December 4, 2012, the…

COLA Accredited, Moleculera Labs, Receives Grant from OCAST

Congratulations to COLA Accredited, Moleculera Labs, who today, announced the receipt of a two-year, $300,000 matching grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). This grant supports the development and clinical validation of new diagnostic testing panels to identify autoantibodies directed against neuronal antigens in patients experiencing neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression,…

COLA and California Deeming: What Does It Mean?

COLA was approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories for purposes of demonstrating compliance with California’s unique laws and regulations, which are aimed to ensure quality in clinical laboratory testing. COLA made its first application for approval in December 2011 and was given official notification of approval in September of 2013. Three other…