In 2014, Congress passed PAMA Regulations (Protecting Access to Medicare Act) to direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a market-based methodology for determining the future rates Medicare will pay for tests under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.
Analysis shows that the current data collection and evaluative pricing methodology, if fully implemented, will jeopardize patient access to laboratory testing in clinics and small community independent laboratories. Learn more from this instant access Webinar.
PAMA Regulations Instant Access Webinar
Presented by John Daly, Chief Medical Officer, COLA
Dr. Daly presents a comprehensive background of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA.) The presentation is designed for small laboratories and physician office-laboratories (POLs) and includes:
- An explanation of the PAMA provisions
- Detailed definition of “Applicable Laboratories”
- Definition and example of “Applicable Data”
- Guidance on what small laboratories and POLs should do next
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COLA has launched a new webpage, Near Patient Testing Matters, to highlight the importance of near patient laboratory testing with interviews from the field of small laboratories and doctors, research and reports that show just how vital these labs are to the health of communities.