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Analysis of Draft 2018 Medicare Rule

November 14, 2017 Issue
Updated: Nov 21, 2017

To increase transparency and accountability in Medicare’s local coverage process, Congress re-introduced the Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2017 in the Senate and House. The LCD bill continues to gain momentum and make strides in both the House and Senate with the total of 24 members of the House and 14 senators to sponsor the bill.

November 21, 2017 Issue
Updated: Nov 21, 2017

The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to work with physician organizations like the CAP to tackle issues from regulatory burden relief to payment for services provided to patients. At the recent AMA 2017 Interim Meeting, physicians outlined health reform issues and regulatory relief concerns. A delegation of pathologists, led by the CAP, advocated on behalf of laboratory medicine.

Special Report: November 17, 2017
Updated: Nov 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare 2018 clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) despite the CAP and other industry groups’ reservations about the laboratory data collection process and methodology to calculate the new rates. The CAP has called this collection process flawed and continues to urge the CMS to delay the implementation of the new fee schedule to allow for time to fix their flawed data collection process.

November 7, 2017 Issue
Updated: Nov 07, 2017

Many pathologists may not know that 15% of your Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) bonus is based on affirming that you do certain quality improvement activities in your practice. The CAP has identified several Improvement Activities options to help members get the most of their 2017 MIPS reporting tool.

Special Report: November 2, 2017
Updated: Nov 02, 2017

The CAP’s efforts to protect the value of pathology services were adopted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in final Medicare regulations affecting reimbursements next year.

October 31, 2017 Issue
Updated: Oct 31, 2017

The CAP was one of the provider groups at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Patients Over Paperwork Initiative, a cross-cutting, collaborative process that evaluates and streamlines regulations with a goal to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary experience.

October 24, 2017 Issue
Updated: Oct 24, 2017

With serious concerns regarding the data collection and methodology used to calculate new rates for clinical laboratory tests, the CAP strongly urged the Medicare program to delay its implementation of the proposed 2018 Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS).

October 17, 2017 Issue
Updated: Oct 17, 2017

The CAP continues to engage and advocates with other leading laboratory stakeholders regarding new clinical laboratory payment rates. On October 6, the CAP along with the American Clinical Laboratory Association, the National Independent Laboratory Association, Point of Care Testing Association, and AvaMedDX, sent a joint letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to suspend implementation until the agency can address the significant deficiencies in its process to establish new clinical laboratory payment rates.

October 10, 2017 Issue
Updated: Oct 11, 2017

The CAP is pleased to announce it's offering a 2017 MIPS Reporting Solution as a free benefit for CAP members. The 2017 MIPS Reporting Solution was announced during CAP17, when the CAP launched its new Pathologists Quality Registry for pathologists. Learn more about the 2017 MIPS Reporting Solution and enroll today.

October 3, 2017 Issue
Updated: Oct 03, 2017

On September 30, the Senate failed to have enough votes to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the Senate fiscal year 2018 budget resolution suggests the chamber could still use it to repeal key parts of the current law in 2018. The budget resolution includes a reserve fund, just in case the committees decide they want to tackle some elements of repeal.

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